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Iran coronavirus update: Over 306,200 deaths, perilous variants spreading across the country

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 306,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 306,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 5, 2021—Over 306,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 543 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 Saturday afternoon local time, June 5. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 80,941, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 71,766 in Tehran, 20,480 in Isfahan, 19,129 in Khuzestan, 18,605 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,558 in East Azerbaijan, 11,548 in West Azerbaijan, 10,197 in Fars, 9690 in Qom, 8663 in Alborz, 5242 in Kurdistan, 5132 in Yazd, 4393 in North Khorasan, 3870 in Hormozgan, 3209 in Bushehr, and 3206 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 306,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 306,200 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

25 percent of Iran’s infectious waste is produced in Tehran, the country’s capital. “With the spread of Covid-19, the volume of infectious waste has increased but there has not been an increase in risk-management devices. This has resulted in only a small portion of the infectious waste undergoing risk management. The remaining have been handed over to the municipality’s recycling section without undergoing risk decreasing measures. In March we had 3100 tons of infectious waste, twice the amount we had last year in this same period,” said the director Medical Waste Management in Tehran Municipality on Saturday, according to the IMNA news agency.

“All cities in [Hormozgan] province are now considered red zones. The province is becoming a major crisis-riddled zone and absent any affective intervention it may evolve into a catastrophe,” said the deputy dean of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University on Saturday. “Currently the number of daily positive rates identified across the province has reached 1000. This is unprecedented. The number of people seeking initial medical care for Covid-19 symptoms have increased dramatically. We are facing a crisis considering how our hospitals are reaching their full capacities… 30 areas have bene identified as infectious zones, where each three UK, African and Indian variants have been reported in this province. During the past two weeks the number of positive cases have increased by 40 percent,” this official added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

 

 

“Considering the change of conditions in [Kish] Island to red, holding any type of gatherings is banned,” said the spokesperson of the Kish Health Council on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The novel coronavirus remains a serious threat. 1134 patients are hospitalized, of which 167 are in ICUs,” said the deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University in Fars province on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The status quo in some areas is red and/or even black, and in most areas, we are facing fragile and dangerous circumstances. A new wave has begun from Hormozgan province, spreading to southern areas of Fars province, including the city of Larestan, and from there to even the northern parts of [Fars] province,” said the deputy dean of Larestan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“Once again some of the cities are going from orange to red zones,” said the deputy dean of Ahvaz Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The vaccination process has come to a halt considering the fact that all the existing vaccine doses have been used,” said the director of Ahvaz Health Council on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Deputy dean of East Azerbaijan Medical Sciences University said on Saturday that the status quo is very fragile, adding the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized “has reached 850, of which 262 are in ICUs and 115 are under ventilators. We have an average 13 coronavirus deaths each day,” this official added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map