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Iran coronavirus update: Over 278,300 deaths, just one percent of the population vaccinated

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 278,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 278,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 5, 2021—Over 278,300 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, May 5. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 73,568 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 64,171 in Tehran, 18,270 in Isfahan, 17,260 in Razavi Khorasan, 17,049 in Khuzestan, 11,513 in Lorestan, 11,510 in Mazandaran, 11,383 in East Azerbaijan, 10,363 in West Azerbaijan, 9241 in Gilan, 8712 in Fars, 7373 in Alborz, 6396 in Sistan & Balucahistan, 5803 in Markazi (Central), 5564 in Kermanshah, 4890 in Semnan, 4814 in Yazd, 4807 in Kurdistan, 3527 in Ardabil, 3235 in Hormozgan, 3234 in Qazvin, 2894 in Bushehr, 2280 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 2174 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 278,300 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 278,300 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“In some areas the number of people seeking medical care for Covid-19 is on the rise. Our hospital beds are mostly packed, and ICUs are full of dire patients. To this day maybe one percent of the country’s population has been vaccinated,” said Masoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday. “Therefore, a stoppage in the increasing trend of this illness has nothing to do with vaccination. For vaccination to show its true effect 70 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated or had previously contracted the illness,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“We entered the fourth wave on March 30 and unfortunately the number of new cases has increased tremendously, with most people contracting the UK variant. Today we witnessed more than 10,000 people seeking medical care in hospitals and 8,000 seeking such care in medical centers,” said Nader Tavakoli, deputy chair of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday. “This indicates we are still in emergency status mode and not at all does it indicate that we have surpassed the peak. Yes, we have reached the peak with over 1500 people hospitalized in Tehran. We are in a difficult period in managing our hospitals. We should not let our guard down and may even a mutated variant in our own country. When you say the Brazilian and Africa variant, it does not matter where it is. Wherever the virus is spread in large numbers, the transfer cycle begins to increase. A new variant may arrive and lead to a new peak. Therefore, there are many alarm bells sounding right now that we have new mutated variants of the virus. We will be in these circumstances for at least for another month because we are seeing an increasing number of cases and patients,” he added, according to state TV.

 

 

“The main challenge that all hospitals are facing is a shortage in oxygen tanks for the patients. The consumption of oxygen is remarkably high in our medical centers,” said the head of Tehran’s Tajrish Hospital on Wednesday. “There is a desperate need for oxygen and special coronavirus medication,” this official continued, according to state TV.

In Isfahan province spokesperson of the local Medical Sciences University said on Wednesday that 239 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in the past 24 hours. “Currently we have 2225 coronavirus patients in centers under the umbrella of Isfahan Medical Sciences University, and we have lost 27 patients in the past 24 hours,” this official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“Conditions in the coming days cannot be forecasted and are actually quite concerning. The numbers of people seeking medical care and those being hospitalized are extremely high,” said the deputy dean of Dezful Medical Sciences University on Wednesday. “90 percent of our ordinary beds and nearly all of our ICU beds are allocated to coronavirus patients. We are forced to provide ICU care in ordinary branches. There are patients that don’t have underlying conditions but lose their lives in just 24 hours after coming to a hospital,” this official added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“758 coronavirus patients are hospitalized in medical centers across Kermanshah province. In the past 24 hours we had 12 deaths confirmed to be of Covid-19,” according to a statement by Kermanshah Medical Sciences University on Wednesday.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map