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Iran coronavirus update: Over 62,100 deaths, “one to two million Iranians will die”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 62,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 62,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 28, 2020—Over 62,100 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 Sunday afternoon local time, June 28. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 10,508, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 3,725 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,895 in Mazandaran, 2,030 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,690 in West Azerbaijan, 1,535 in Kermanshah, 1,362 in Hamedan, 1,270 in Kurdistan, 794 in Yazd, 595 in Hormozgan, and 405 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 62,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

Over 62,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

 

Spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry said on Sunday noon local time that 144 people died of the novel coronavirus in the past 24-hour period. This is the highest daily death toll in the past 85 days. The number of ICU patients reached 2,946, which is also the highest number in the past few weeks.

“Today, ten times more than the number of COVID-19 patients registered inside hospitals are registered outside of these facilities… We don’t know what will happen in the winter. It is not predictable what will happen when the novel coronavirus and influenza arrive at the same time,” said the head of the Center of Infectious Diseases Management on Sunday, according to the state-run Aftab daily.

Following months of lies and deceptive measures, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani was forced to acknowledge the harsh reality. “Around six months have passed from when this illness began; there is no vaccine; it may continue for another three to 12 months; therefore, we must prepare ourselves for the long run,” he said on Sunday.

It is worth noting that back in mid-February Rouhani was saying COVID-19 would be gone by February 29. He is now claiming otherwise. “In the first week of this virus, I said we need to live with this illness for a long time, get adapted, and prepare ourselves… We have not had such an illness in our country’s history. At least not in the past century or so. Such an illness has been unprecedented in our country for the past 140 years or so,” he said.

“We have no ‘white’ hospital and all our hospitals are engaged when it comes to coronavirus,” said the deputy head of Tehran’s COVID-19 Task Force on Sunday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS).

“If the growing trend of COVID-19 continues in Tehran, there needs to be new and serious decisions made,” said the Tehran governor on Saturday when weighing traffic plans, according to the regime’s PANA news agency.

“Our on-the-ground estimates show that 20 percent of the population in Borujerd (western Iran) have contracted COVID-19. We are on the verge of more than 50 percent of the Iranian people contracting this virus,” said the head of Borujerd Health and Treatment Network on Sunday, according to the Javan daily, an outlet affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). “Of this amount three to four percent will die, meaning more than one to two million Iranians… The country’s average death rate is 7.4 percent, 6.3 percent in Lorestan province, and 8.2 percent in the city of Borujerd.”

In Fars province, the dean of the medical sciences university of Jahrom confirmed that the number of hospitalized patients is increasing, IRNA news agency reported. The dean said, “The unprecedented increase in the number of cases has placed Jahrom in a very critical situation. If we don’t pay attention, we’ll be dealing with a great crisis. These days, 50 percent of tests sent to laboratories turn out to be positive.” On Saturday, the dean had said, “The number of cases in Shiraz, Marvdasht, Kazerun, Darab, Abadeh, Zarrin Dasht, Lamerd, Kavar, Mamasani, Eghlid, Estehban, Larestan, Garash, Fasa, Jahrom, and Avez is in the hundreds. Until two weeks ago, the number of cases in many of these counties was under a hundred.”

In Qom province, IRNA quoted the dean of the medical sciences university as saying, “The rate of positive tests has grown from 15 to 45 percent and this is an alarm that the spread of the virus has restarted… By the next two weeks, we will face another peak of the virus. In addition to the Kamkar hospital, we have prepared other hospitals to admit coronavirus patients.”

In Hormozgan province, the dean of the medical sciences university confirmed that 55 percent of COVID-19 tests are positive, according to IRIB, the state-run broadcaster. The dean stressed, “The real number of cases is much greater than the official stats.” Tasnim News Agency, affiliated with the IRGC, reported that in Qeshm, the number of cases has grown from 50 to 1,000 in the past six weeks, and at least 10 people have died of COVID-19.

 

 

In Zanjan province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “In the past 10 days, the number of active patients of the province has grown from 400 to more than 1,000… If the situation continues, the citizens of Zanjan will be exposed to a serious threat.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, June 27)

In Khuzestan province, Ruydad 24 news website quoted the spokesperson of the Coronavirus Task Force as saying, “Eighty-five percent of hospital beds in this province have been occupied and serious decisions must be taken.”

Javan quoted the dean of Abadan Medical Sciences University as saying, “In the past 24 hours, 277 patients were hospitalized, 40 of whom are in the intensive care unit… All three counties of Abadan, Khorramshahr, and Shadegan are still in code-red conditions and we repeat our request for restrictions to be imposed.”

The manager of Bandar-e Mahshahr confirmed that the city is in critical conditions due to the code-red situation, Fars News Agency reported. “The number of coronavirus patients who are in critical conditions has increased and a decreasing number of beds are being freed,” he said.

In Sistan and Baluchestan province, the dean of Zahedan Medical Sciences University confirmed that 10 people have died of coronavirus in the jurisdiction of this hospital in the past 24 hours, IRIB reported. “Last night, all hospital beds in Zahedan were filled,” he said.

In Kerman province, Fars reported that the dean of the medical sciences university stated a 70-100 percent increase in the number of hospitalized patients and deaths in the past month.

In Western Azerbaijan, Iraj Harirchi, the deputy health minister declared, “The cities of Urmia, Oshnavieh, Bukan, Piranshahr, Takab, Sardasht, Salmas, Mahabad, Miandoab, Naghadeh and Khoy are in code-red conditions.” (Source: Shabakeyeh Khabar state television, June 28)

In Isfahan, the state-run television reported, “The number of hospitalized patients is increasing rapidly… Isfahan is entering another critical stage of the disease and patients are being hospitalized in the hallways of the Khorshid hospital.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map