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Iran coronavirus update: Over 65,900 deaths, 50% contracted in some provinces

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 65,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 65,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 5, 2020—Over 65,900 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 Sunday afternoon local time, July 5. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 11,571, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 5,040 in Khuzestan, 4,570 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,960 in Mazandaran, 1,645 in Golestan, 850 in North Khorasan, 830 in Kerman, 685 in Hormozgan, 610 in Zanjan, and 565 in Qazvin. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

“In some provinces where the novel coronavirus epidemic began earlier more than 50 percent of the people have contracted COVID-19. As a result, stats showing around 18 million are not very strange,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi, acknowledging that 18 million people across the country have been infected. “The increase in the number of daily deaths to around 200 would also not be strange… Due to the high population density in Tehran province and the outskirts, and Alborz province, even small increases in numbers can lead to an explosive rise in the near future… some provinces, such as Khuzestan, Bushehr, East and West Azerbaijans, Kurdistan and Kermanshah had mild conditions back in March and April. However, they are now experiencing their first wave and we are concerned that provinces such as Fars may have a high number of new cases in the future,” he said on Sunday, according to the Fartak News outlet. Haririchi also said 15,000 members of Iran’s medical staff have contracted COVID-19, according to a reported aired on Saturday by state TV.

Over 65,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 65,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said on Sunday that 163 people have died during the past 24-hour period. This is Iran’s highest number of deaths in one day since the beginning of the pandemic. “The provinces of Khuzestan, East and West Azerbaijans, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Hormozgan, Bushehr, and Razavi Khorasan are in code red conditions. The provinces of Tehran, Fars, Isfahan, Mazandaran, Hamedan, Zanjan, Sistan & Baluchistan, Alborz, and Lorestan are in alarming conditions,” she added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“I saw at least 68 patients on Wednesday, 62 of which had contracted COVID-19… The situation is very bad… Unfortunately, the number of deaths and new cases may increase even further,” said Masoud Mardani, a member of the National COVID-19 Task Force, on Saturday, according to state TV.

“Many cities across the country are in red conditions… the number of people hospitalized in medical centers has increased and hospital beds are now full… the lifting of restrictions under the pretext of economic issues has raised this concern that public health has been sacrificed for the economy,” said Seyed Morteza Khatami, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) Health and Treatment Commission, on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

In Tehran, Reza Karami, the president of the Disaster Prevention and Management Organization, said, “Tehran has 50 hospitals that are over 50 years old and don’t comply with safety standards… There are considerations that we can’t declare because if we do, the situation will grow worse and public sentiment will be negatively impacted.” (Source: Entekhab, July 5)

In Southern Khorasan, the dean of Birjand Medical Sciences University said, “Currently, six of 11 counties in Southern Khorasan are in very dangerous conditions of spreading coronavirus… We have no low-risk or white counties in the province.” (Source: IRNA, July 4)



In Razavi Khorasan and Northern Khorasan provinces, physicians have reported that Wednesday through Friday, 18,300 new cases were identified in these two provinces and the number of deaths reached 810. In Mashhad, the number of new cases was 4,700 and the number of deaths surpassed 300 in the same period. Neishabur has seen 3,500 cases and at least 100 deaths. In Quchan, the number of cases is over 1,000 and there have been more than 30 deaths. In Sabzevar, there are 4,370 cases and more than 150 deaths. In Torbat Heydarieh, there are more than 2,000 cases and at least 160 deaths. In Northern Khorasan, there are 2,730 cases and more than 70 deaths.

In Golestan province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “The disaster that awaits Golestan is worse than February… the peak of February is not beyond expectation. We have 300 hospitalized patients in Gonbad-e Kavus and the situation in other hospitals in Kalaleh, Minudasht and the eastern regions is not good… We will face serious problems in providing services and have a shortage of oxygen and beds and we need to make an urgent decision.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, July 5)

In Hormozgan province, the head of public relations for the medical sciences university confirmed that 11 more people died on Saturday, ISNA news agency reported. Bazkhabar website quoted the dean of the medical sciences university of Hormozgan as saying, “Hormozgan is at the peak of coronavirus disease… In the current week, there’s a possibility that the disease will further spread in rural areas.”

In Zanjan province, the deputy dean of the medical sciences university said, “The number of new coronavirus cases is increasing every day… We’re faced with a shortage of equipment and our equipment is not enough to provide treatment to incoming patients in hospitals… A hundred nurses have contracted coronavirus… The province is faced with a shortage of human resources in the sanitation and treatment sector as well as a shortage of hospital equipment.” (Source: Tasnim News Agency, July 4)

In Kerman province, the dean of Jiroft Medical Sciences University said, “If the increasing trend of coronavirus cases continues, we will definitely face problems in the future.” (Source: Tasnim News Agency, July 4)

In Mazandaran province, the spread of coronavirus has resurged in Babol, the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the hospitals covered by Babol Medical Sciences University is increasing and this county is in code-red conditions, IRNA reported on Saturday, adding that the number of patients in critical conditions is increasing.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map