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Iran coronavirus update: Over 331,300 deaths, delta variant running wild across the country

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 331,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 331,300 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 17, 2021—Over 331,300 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 547 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, July 17. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 86,966, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 77,246 in Tehran, 22,425 in Isfahan, 21,066 in Khuzestan, 20,145 in Razavi Khorasan, 12,830 in Mazandaran, 11,202 in Fars, 10,801 in Gilan, 10,025 in Qom, 9443 in Alborz, 8766 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 7913 in Kerman, 7750 in Golestan, 7018 in Hamedan, 5597 in Yazd, 5572 in Kurdistan, 5340 in Hormozgan, 4639 in North Khorasan, 3774 in Qazvin, 3046 in South Khorasan, 2705 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 2569 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

The regime’s Health Ministry announced the mullahs’ engineered Covid-19 numbers from the past 24 hours on Friday as 175 deaths and 15,139 new cases. Furthermore, 4235 patients are in ICUs and 1725 of the new cases have been hospitalized.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 331,300 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 331,300 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“Some provinces and even Tehran are in poor conditions,” said regime President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday. “The elections on one hand, the Eid al-Fitr ceremonies on the other, and summer vacations, all these issues went hand in hand, and then the entrance of the Indian virus from the countries eastern and southern borders made circumstances all the more difficult. Today, we are nearly facing a jump in the stats across the country,” he added.

“169 cities are registered as red zones, 166 as orange, and 113 as yellow. This virus has engulfed nearly all of our provinces and we are mainly facing the delta variant,” said Alireza Raisi, spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“Nearly all hospitals across the city of Tehran have reached their full capacities. The Remdesivir drug, which is considered an ordinary hospital medicine and is provided for patients who are hospitalized, is now being given even to those who are not hospitalized as there are so many new cases,” said a senior official of Tehran’s Khomeini Hospital on Saturday. “If we had not provided this medicine all our hospitals would be packed with patients, and some patients would be in the streets. There is also the possibility for the situation to even worsen in the next one or two weeks. Other cities may also witness similar conditions that we are currently seeing in Sistan & Baluchistan province. We have deeply troubling conditions ahead,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

According to staff at Zahedan Hospital the ICU branch in this facility has reached its limit and whenever a room is emptied there is a patient in reserve that is rushed into the room, meaning ICU beds are never empty, according to a report aired Thursday on state TV.

 

 

“During the past week the number of daily deaths increased by 21 percent in comparison to last week; the number of patients increased by eight percent and those placed in ICUs by seven percent. The beds in many hospitals are all full of patients. In some of our hospitals in the cities of Bandar Abbas, Bandar-e Lengeh, Minab and Qeshm the number of hospitalized patients exceeds the number of beds,” said the spokesperson of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The number of people seeking initial medical attention for Covid-19 symptoms has increased by 60 percent. Last week the number of patients hospitalized increased by 30 percent and there is a possibility that the number of hospital beds will decrease,” said the dean of Shahre-Kord Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency.

 

 

“Hospitals in cities registered as red zones have been banned from accepting non-emergency patients. This is since the number of coronavirus patients is extremely high. 40 percent of the cases are of the delta variant,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the Mehr news agency.

“We have 1328 coronavirus patients hospitalized across [Kerman] province and we are currently in the harshest peak to this day. Furthermore, 202 patients are in ICUs,” said the dean of Kerman Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The virus is spreading and conditions in the cities of Gorgan, Ramian, Kalaleh, Bandar-e Gaz, Azadshahr and Minudasht are reported as dire,” said the dean of Golestan Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map