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Iran coronavirus update: Over 410,800 deaths, shortage in nurses becoming a “dire issue”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 410,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 410,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 7, 2021—Over 410,800 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, September 7. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 111,892 around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 96,516 in Tehran, 31,825 in Razavi Khorasan, 27,050 in Isfahan, 25,251 in Khuzestan, 15,790 in Mazandaran, 14,734 in Fars, 14,688 in East Azerbaijan, 14,458 in West Azerbaijan, 14,215 in Gilan, 14,055 in Lorestan, 11,968 in Alborz, 11,340 in Qom, 10,707 in Kerman, 9625 in Golestan, 7168 in Kermanshah, 7075 in Hormozgan, 703 in Yazd, 6432 in Kurdistan, 5324 in North Khorasan, 5150 in Ardabil, 4519 in Qazvin, and 4003 in Ilam. 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 Tuesday as 635 deaths and 27,138 new cases. Furthermore, 7606 patients are in ICUs and 3914 of the new cases have been hospitalized.

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 410,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Infographic-PMOI/MEK reports over 410,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran


Deputy head of Iran’s Nursing Apparatus Organization described the shortage in medical professionals a as a dire issue for the country. “Currently the ratio of nurses to hospital beds across the country is around 0.8 for each bed at the worst rate. In poorer cities such as Zahedan (in Sistan & Baluchistan province of southeast Iran) this figure has reached around 0.5, which is a catastrophe,” this official said on Tuesday. “The negligence of Health Ministry officials has resulted in the nurse/bed ratio to decrease with each passing day, to such a point that some provinces and cities are reporting 25 patients managed by one nurse. These are extremely poor conditions. In Tehran there are areas where 15 dire patients are being managed by one nurse, and this is a tragedy,” this official continued, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“During the past 24 hours over 20,000 patients have sought medical care in medical centers across the capital. 1900 patients have been hospitalized and 226 were in need of ICUs,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday, according to ISNA.

“The number of coronavirus patients entering [Tehran’s Sina] hospital remains very high. We are still facing a shortage of ICU beds and a large number of dire patients are still waiting in various branches because our ICUs are occupied,” said the head of Tehran’s Sina Hospital on Tuesday. “Patients’ statuses deteriorate into dire conditions and are in need of various devices and equipment. Our system provides the devices, but there is no medical professional to launch new ICUs. There are very few nurses that can operate ICUs and no one else is willing to help us launch new ICUs. In normal circumstances we were already facing a shortage in ICU nurses because an ICU nurse needs to have the skills and experience of a general physician… If vaccines were provided to the people in February, it would have prevented this high number of deaths,” this official added, according to ISNA.

“We are asking everyone to help out in purchasing oxygen capsules, either purchasing it themselves or providing financial aid to coronavirus patients. Since July 4 the province of Qom has been registered as a high-risk and red zone. During the past month 611 patients who tested positive for coronavirus have lost their lives,” said the director of public relations in the Qom Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

The fifth wave is rising in unprecedented fashion across Kurdistan province. During the past week there have been record numbers of new cases and those being hospitalized across the province.

“Currently there are more than 900 people hospitalized, which is unprecedented and concerning. If the fifth peak continues as is, we will face a shortage in beds and medicine more than ever before, and we will not be able to provide for such needs,” said the deputy dean of Kurdistan Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to ISNA.



“Yesterday we had 31 people die of coronavirus across [Kerman] province. The number of dire patients remains very high, and the death rate will remain high for some time,” said the deputy dean of Kerman Medical Sciences University on Tuesday.

The increase in the number of deaths due to coronavirus has maintained Ilam province in critical and concerning circumstances. The death toll per population is very high, according to a Tuesday report wired by the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS).

The deputy dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University said on Tuesday that 1948 coronavirus patients are hospitalized in East Azerbaijan province. “This is a record since the beginning of the pandemic. During the past 24 hours we have had 356 new hospitalized cases,” this official added, according to ISNA.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map