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Iran coronavirus update: Over 61,500 deaths, many dying in villages without being registered

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 61,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 61,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 26, 2020—Over 61,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 340 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 Friday afternoon local time, June 26. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 10,239, less than a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 4,685 in Khuzestan, 3,635 in Razavi Khorasan, 3,110 in Gilan, 1,945 in Alborz, 1,657 in West Azerbaijan, 1,515 in Golestan, 1,510 in Kermanshah, 1,245 in Kurdistan, 607 in North Khorasan, and 525 in Hormozgan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

The spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said on Friday that 109 people died during the past 24 hours, alongside 2,628 new cases, of which 1,356, being 51.5 percent, have been hospitalized. 2,912 of Iran’s patients are in dire conditions, she added. The provinces of Kermanshah, Kurdistan Khuzestan, Hormozgan, West Azerbaijan, and Bushehr are in code red status and the provinces of East Azerbaijan, Razavi Khorasan, and Alborz are witnessing an increasing trend in the number of new patients.

Over 61,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 61,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, sources in Iran’s hospitals reported at least 103 coronavirus deaths in Mashhad, 28 in Neyshabur, 23 in Sabzevar, 14 in Qouchan and 32 in Bojnourd. All these cities are located in northeast Iran.

Physicians in the city of Mahabad in northwest Iran are reporting that the number of COVID-19 cases have doubled in this city from May 21 to this day. However, conditions in villages are very dire and many people are dying of the novel coronavirus without any access to a hospital or a physician.

COVID-19 deaths are on the rise, according to a report from a cemetery in the city of Zabol in southeast Iran. A large number of these fatalities are being registered and buried as deaths due to chronic breathing disorders while they are actually coronavirus victims. Many COVID-19 patients are dying in their homes and villages, especially due to their old ages or suffering from other illnesses at the same time. Many victims are being buried outside of cemeteries and not registered anywhere. Security authorities have threatened cemetery officials to remain silent about numbers.

“Following the increase in the number of coronavirus patients, we are in serious need of more beds. To this day we have allocated the Amin, Khorshid, Isa ibn Maryam, and a branch of the Al-Zahra hospitals, alongside the hospital currently under Social Security supervision, to respond to the novel coronavirus… However, these hospitals are reaching their limits. We will be forced to add one or two new hospitals to address and hospitalize new patients,” head of Public Relations at the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to the regime’s official INRA news agency.

In Golestan province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “Given the current trend, there’s a high probability of a shortage of beds in Gonbad-e Kavus,” according to Asr-e Iran, which added that the governor of Kalaleh has reported a sevenfold increase in coronavirus cases in this county.

In Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad province, the dean of the medical sciences university confirmed that there has been a threefold increase in the number of new coronavirus cases, IRNA reported.

In Ilam province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “There are restrictions on declaring the number of coronavirus cases… The number of cases in Mehran, Dareh Shahr, and Chardavol is rapidly increasing. In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen the greatest number of new cases in the past month. While testing has doubled, the number of new cases has tripled or quadrupled.” (Source: IRNA, June 25)

In Fars province, the dean of the medical sciences university of Jahrom said, “The unprecedented increase in the number of cases in the past days has placed Jahrom in a very sensitive situation. If attention is not paid, we will be dealing with a great crisis,” Fars news agency reported. The dean also confirmed that in the past days, 50 percent of COVID-19 tests have turned out positive.

Eghtesad Online quoted the caretaker of Jondishapur Medical Sciences University in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, as saying, “Approximately 100 children in Khuzestan have contracted coronavirus. Currently, the Abuzar hospital in Ahvaz is the only medical center for hospitalizing coronavirus patients under the age of 15… There is only one bed per 1,000 people in Khuzestan, while in other provinces, there are two or three beds per 1,000 patients.”

In Qom, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “In the past week, we’ve witnessed a growing peak of coronavirus cases and an increase in the number of incoming and hospitalized patients… Every hospital must allocate a section to coronavirus.” (Source: Shafaqna, June 26)

In Kashan, the president of the health network said, “Kashan is back to the conditions of [the beginning of the outbreak]… and can return to the worst conditions in the next two weeks.” (Source: Tasnim News Agency, June 26)

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