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Iran coronavirus update: Over 267,900 deaths, possible signs of Indian strain entering Iran

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 267,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 267,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 27, 2021—Over 267,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 541 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Tuesday afternoon local time, April 27. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 70,532, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 61,371 in Tehran, 17,510 in Isfahan, 16,850 in Razavi Khorasan, 16,304 in Khuzestan, 11,230 in Mazandaran, 11,208 in Lorestan, 10,993 in East Azerbaijan, 10,043 in West Azerbaijan, 9356 in Gilan, 8152 in Fars, 6933 in Alborz, 6101 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 6043 in Hamedan, 6029 in Kerman, 5588 in Markazi, 5384 in Kermanshah, 4702 in Yazd, 4667 in Kurdistan, 3377 in Ardabil, 3089 in Qazvin, 2764 in Bushehr, 2616 in South Khorasan, 2190 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 2092 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 267,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 267,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

“Unfortunately, we have had a high number of deaths due to the severe increase in people being hospitalized, which will be increasing. In the coming days we will be experiencing exceedingly difficult conditions regarding news of high death tolls,” said regime Health Minister Saied Namaki on Tuesday. “Last night we had three cases of the South African variant reported in one of the southern provinces. Considering the fact that we had information about the presence of South African and Brazilian variants in neighboring countries, we have had discussions with our neighboring countries to prevent the entry and exits from their soil to ours. These measures were not followed properly. Regarding the Indian variant we are hearing its footsteps,” he added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“In the past 14 months we never had more than 490 coronavirus deaths per day. At least for the next two weeks the death toll will be increasing. The [Johns Hopkins University] has one of the most credible illness forecasts, and they’re reporting that we will reach 700 deaths per day prior to May 15,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Tuesday, according to the state-run Aftab newspaper.

 

 

Head of the regime’s Supreme Council of the Medical Apparatus Organization responded to the Health Minister’s criticism of the National Covid-19 Task Force for cancelling commuting restrictions while agreeing to allow annual religious ceremonies during the month of Ramadan.

“Contradictory remarks and deceptive measures indicate weak and fragile scientific and moral foundations, and populist mentalities taking over an administrative director’s judgement. If a decision is made in the National Covid-19 Task Force that is in contrast to the Health Minister’s legal authority, the Minister should have raised his voice and prevented the adoption of such a decision. If the Task Force’s decision was imposed upon him, he could publicly refuse to accept any responsibility and hand in his resignation,” this official said on Tuesday.

“[The vaccination process] is an obvious example of corruption and lack of morality in management that has is very unfortunate and deserves legal action. Ranked last in the world in vaccination or making the Covid-19 vaccine a financial matter that can be afforded by certain branches of our society is a sign of poor professional morality and incompetence in crisis management in this country,” this official continued, according to the state-run Roydad24 website.

“The number of Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours increased from six to 34. The total number of coronavirus deaths in [Alborz] province has reached 3444,” according to a Tuesday report wired by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Twenty coronavirus patients lost their lives in the past 24 hours. The number of Covid-19 patients in [Hamedan] province stands at 1462, of which 60 are reported to be in dire conditions,” said the spokesperson of the Hamedan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“Covid-19 takes a victim every 37 minutes in Fars province. This figure is concerning and is a serious alarm bell of the current circumstances,” said the dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Dean of Arak Medical Sciences University in Markazi province on Tuesday reported 24 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours. “The number of patients in need of being hospitalized is 20 percent more than those being released. All hospitals in our province are providing medical care to Covid-19 patients and existing equipment and supplies do not meet the demands,” this official added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized across [Razavi Khorasan] province has surpassed the 1500 mark for the first time. This figure stood at 480 on March 21 and has tripled ever since,” said the deputy dean of Mashhad Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“Yesterday 52 new coronavirus patients were hospitalized in Vasei Hospital in the city of Sabzevar. This is the highest reported number of hospitalized coronavirus patients since the spread of this illness in Sabzevar,” said the dean of Sabzevar Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“Of the 19 Indian citizens who entered [Bushehr] province on Sunday eight tested Covid-19 positive. The local Medical Sciences University is looking into the possibility of these individuals carrying the Indian variant,” said the deputy provincial governor of Bushehr in southern Iran on Tuesday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map