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Iran coronavirus update: Over 337,500 deaths, Tehran is now a “hyper-red zone”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 337,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 337,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 25, 2021—Over 337,500 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 Sunday afternoon local time, July 24. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 88,‌800‌, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 78,726 in Tehran, 22,875 in Isfahan, 21,476 in Khuzestan, 20,465 in Razavi Khorasan, 13,388 in East Azerbaijan, 13,060 in Mazandaran, 12,398 in West Azerbaijan, 11,442 in Fars, 10,164 in Qom, 9723 in Alborz, 9336 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 8218 in Kerman, 5797 in Yazd, 5617 in Kurdistan, and 5600 in Hormozgan. 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 Sunday as 268 deaths and 27,146 new cases. Furthermore, 4863 patients are in ICUs and 2935 of the new cases have been hospitalized.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 337,500 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 337,500 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

 

“We have more than 20,000 new confirmed cases each day. There are 16,900 people hospitalized and we are hospitalizing 5,000 patients per day. In less than six minutes another Iranian dies of Covid-19,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Sunday. “The six-day shutdown was of no use and even had a negative impact in which limitations were bypassed. We are not able to quarantine the entire country… Our government apparatus is at times slow and lazy because we are in a transition phase from one administration to another,” he added, according to the state-run Hamshahri daily.

“In the 74th week of this epidemic in Iran in comparison to last week we are witnessing a 17 percent rise in the number of confirmed positive cases, 15.5 percent rise in positive cases being hospitalized, and 22 percent rise in the death toll,” according to a Sunday report wired by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“We have yet to reach the peak of the fifth wave and it is possible that the number of people hospitalized in Tehran may reach the 9000 mark in the coming days,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday. “Currently we have 8797 patients hospitalized across Tehran, of which 2145 are in ICUs. Shutting down the city as a strategy needs to be implemented for at least ten to 14 days. Otherwise, it will not have an impact,” he added, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“We have around 8700 people hospitalized and each day another 2000 new patients are added. The objective in the recent shutdown was to allow the medical staff to have a breather and be managed. Of course, this is not the definition of ‘peace’ and all hospitals are engaged as we speak. Most of the coronavirus patients are held in the emergency branches and they are transferred to other branches in later shifts,” said Nader Tavakoli, deputy chair of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Gilan province will have an increasing trend in numbers for at least the next two weeks. The number of people hospitalized in this province will probably increase to more than 1500, which is a record after February of this year,” said the deputy dean of Gilan Medical Sciences University on Sunday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“[Shohada] Hospital is packed, and we have no empty beds. Arrangements have been made to increase the capacity,” said the head of this hospital in the city of Savadkuh in Mazandaran province on Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“The number of people hospitalized in Alborz province has increased from 504 to 1081 in the past four weeks alone. This means a 100 percent increase. The number of deaths per day has increased from six to 23, indicating a nearly five-fold increase,” said the deputy governor of Alborz province on Sunday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

 

 

Conditions in Hormozgan province are reported as critical and the number of deaths and those being hospitalized for Covid-19 are increasing each day. “During the past 24 hours we have had 192 new cases hospitalized and the total number of hospitalized patients currently stands at 961,” said the spokesperson of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University on Sunday, according to the regime's official IRNA news agency.

“The trend of new cases escalating in numbers continues across Khuzestan province. In the city of Behbahan the number of people seeking medical care in hospitals has increased by 375 percent in comparison to two weeks ago,” said the dean of Ahvaz Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Iran has witnessed many ups and downs regarding vaccination during the past six months. If we put our finger on one specific reason, it would be the politicization of a national and life-threatening matter,” reads a Sunday piece published in the state-run Aftab Yazd daily. “We have politicized coronavirus more than any country in the world… About indigenous vaccines there have been many preposterous promises made… as if there was a competition among the related officials… On the issue of controlling coronavirus, at times we resorted to measures that could not be justified. The latest example was just a few days ago. Currently it has become obvious for everyone that the six-day shutdown launched by the Interior Ministry could actually extend the current coronavirus peak and/or immediately result in the next wave. For example, it was announced yesterday that Tehran is now registered as a hyper-red zone.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map