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Iran coronavirus update: Over 277,000 deaths, warnings of Indian variant entering Iran

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 277,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 277,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 4, 2021—Over 277,000 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, May 4. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 73,219 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 63,821 in Tehran, 18,180 in Isfahan, 17,205 in Razavi Khorasan, 16,949 in Khuzestan, 11,480 in Mazandaran, 11,328 in East Azerbaijan, 10,318 in West Azerbaijan, 9606 in Gilan, 9300 in Qom, 8642 in Fars, 7328 in Alborz, 6920 in Golestan, 6351 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 6258 in Hamedan, 6244 in Kerman, 5778 in Markazi (Central), 5539 in Kermanshah, 4108 in North Khorasan, 3507 in Ardabil, 3050 in Zanjan, 2851 in Ilam, and 2721 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 277,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 277,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“We are in a crisis and any moment the Indian variant can spread across the country, all while the fourth coronavirus wave has yet to reach its peak and we are experiencing difficult days,” said the head of the country’s Virology Research Center on Tuesday. “Since there is no sign of a nationwide lockdown and the vaccination pace is extremely slow, we will most definitely face more waves in the future. As we speak many hospitals are packed with coronavirus patients. Therefore, we must quarantine our cities or else the fourth Covid-19 wave will continue for some time,” this official added, according to the state-run Yekta Press news outlet.

“Following 14 months of hard work by the country’s medical professionals, day in and day out, we are returning to day one with a far more critical situation,” said Masoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday. “We may even see a fifth wave and a sixth and seventh. The current peak will continue for two to three months. We experienced similar conditions during the third coronavirus wave when much of the country was engaged. And in the last wave we were not facing the UK variant and the Indian variant had not entered the country,” he added, according to Yekta Press.

 

 

“Some provinces are still in fragile conditions. If the new variants begin to spread at a faster rate, we may enter the fifth wave sooner than we think,” said a member of the Tehran Medical University’s Board of Sciences on Tuesday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“In cities such as Khomeinishahr, Isfahan, Dehaghan and Shahreza we are still in the peak of coronavirus. The number of new cases in [Isfahan] province continues to rise. The number of people being hospitalized are constantly rising,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday. “The positive test percentages have decreased from 48 to 38 but the number of coronavirus deaths has yet to start decreasing,” this official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). In the past 24 hours a total of 30 people died of Covid-19 in this province.

In Fars province, the medical sciences university of Shiraz declared on Tuesday that in the past 24 hours, 30 people have died, according to the IRIB news agency. There are 2,175 hospitalized patients in the province’s hospitals, and 318 people are in ICU, the university added.

The dean of Alborz Medical Sciences University said on Tuesday, “In the past 24 hours, 17 people have lost their lives to covid and the total number of deaths has reached 3,614.” (Source: ISNA)

In Khuzestan province, ISNA news agency quoted the deputy dean of Shushtar Medical Sciences University as saying on Tuesday, “High numbers of incoming patients continue. Ninety percent of ICU beds and 60 percent of ordinary beds in the Khatam al-Anbiya hospital are occupied.” And the deputy dean of Ahvaz Medical Sciences University said, “There are currently 1,766 patients hospitalized in Khuzestan, of which 412 are in ICU.”

The dean of Ardebil Medical Sciences University said on Tuesday, “The spread of coronavirus and the number of deaths in Ardebil continue to rise. In the past 24 hours, 10 patients lost their lives and 78 are in ICU. We forecast the number of deaths in the province to increase in the coming week.” (Source: Mehr News Agency)

The dean of Bushehr Medical Sciences said on Tuesday, “The cities of Bushehr, Jam, Tangestan, and Gonaveh had transformed from orange to very dangerous red zones. The number of covid deaths in the province have surpassed four digits, which is an alarm for this province.” (Source: IRNA)

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map