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Iran coronavirus update: Over 64,200 deaths, situation in Tehran “very dangerous”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 64,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 64,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 2, 2020—Over 62,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 342 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 Thursday afternoon local time, July 2. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 11,106, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 4,050 in Razavi Khorasan, 3,930 in Qom, 2,350 in Lorestan, 1,760 in West Azerbaijan, 1,630 in Kermanshah, 1,440 in Hamedan, 750 in North Khorasan, 650 in Hormozgan, and 440 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Tens of millions of people in Iran, especially in Tehran and other major cities, were sent back to work based on the criminal decisions made by Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. All the while, Rouhani once again placed the blame on the people for the unprecedented rise in new coronavirus cases for “holding gatherings and celebrations, such as invitations, weddings and funerals” and “not abiding by relative social distancing in public transportations.”

Over 64,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 64,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran COVID-19 Task Force, reported on Thursday a 7.9 percent increase in the number of people hospitalized in the past 24 hours period, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

Head of Tehran’s famous Beheshte Zahra Cemetery said conditions in this cemetery “cannot be compared to even the past 70 days of Tehran… The city will return to harsh and unimaginable conditions.” One employee of the Beheshte Zahra Cemetery said on Thursday to the regime’s state TV on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what disaster we’ll be facing in the fall and winter along with the influenza virus,” said National COVID-19 Task Force member Minoo Mohraz on Wednesday, according to the state-run Entekhab daily. “We will soon enter the second COVID-19 peak… We have somewhat returned to the initial days… The numbers are high, with new cases, chronic patients and deaths all increasing… The peak is now rising very fast and everyone is tired,” she added.

Masoud Mardani, another member of the National COVID-19 Task Force, described the situation in Tehran as “very dangerous,” adding the number of new cases, those hospitalized and deaths are escalating on a daily basis, according to a Wednesday report wired by the regime’s semi-official ISNA news agency.

ISNA quoted the head of Tehran’s Khomeini hospital as saying, “The number of incoming and hospitalized patients has doubled or tripled. A considerable number of patients in ICU are under the age of 30 and they’ve increased by 40 percent. The number of patients who are on ventilator support is increasing.” The same news agency reported: “Officials are repeating that the situation in Tehran is worrying and the people must be more considerate… but the truth is that hospitals are filled with patients in critical conditions and doctors and nurses who are shocked.”

In Golestan province, the dean of the medical sciences university confirmed that eight counties are in code-red conditions, the official IRNA news agency reported. “There are now 545 coronavirus patients hospitalized in the province’s hospitals. The capacity of all hospitals in Gonbad-e Kavous are filled and the hospital beds in Ag Ghala county are fast being occupied,” the dean said.

In Sistan and Baluchestan, the dean of Zahedan Medical Sciences University said, “The number of coronavirus case in Sistan and Baluchestan is increasing and every day, the number of positive cases in laboratories is growing.” (Source: IRNA, July 1)

The provincial governor of Ilam province reported that the number of cases in the province has seen a 40-percent increase in the past 11 days, according to Mehr News Agency. The health deputy of the province’s medical sciences university said, “The situation in five counties of Ilam, Abdanan, Dareh Shahr, Dehloran, and Ivan is red, and the number of cases in Chardavol is fast increasing. The number of cases is still in the triple digits and very worrying. This is a warning for public health.” (Source: IRNA, July 2)

 

 

In Kerman province, Fars News Agency quoted the dean of Sirjan Medical Sciences University as saying, “The increase workload and exhaustion of our coworkers including nurses and doctors has resulted in a decrease in their efficiency in caring for themselves which has in turn caused many of the personnel to contract the virus.”

In Hormozgan province, the president of Minab hospital confirmed 72 coronavirus cases among the medical staff, ISNA reported. “Minab hospital is the largest medical center in the eastern section of Hormozgan and had 96 beds, which has been increased to 116. But there are now 300 beds occupied by coronavirus patients. We had to use the beds from the birth department for coronavirus patients,” the president said.

In Gilan province, the dean of the medical sciences university confirmed that the number of COVID-19 cases, and the number of hospitalized patients in ICU sections is fast growing, ISNA reported on Thursday.

In Lorestan province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “We have 169 ICU beds. Right now, 155 of them are occupied. We have reserved 14 beds for very special diseases. In Khorram Abad, we virtually have no free beds.” (Source: Aflak TV, July 1)

In Zanjan province, the deputy dean of the medical sciences university said, “Analyses show that 85 percent of the population of Zanjan county has probably contracted coronavirus. All furloughs and breaks have been canceled until further notice. Some hospitals no longer have the bandwidth to accept new coronavirus patients. Presently, there are 2,000 hospital beds in Zanjan. The Vali Asr hospital and other hospitals have been filled and are overflowing.” (Source: Fars News Agency, July 2)

 

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