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Iran coronavirus update: Over 66,900 deaths, hospitals are full across the country

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 66,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 66,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 7, 2020—Over 66,900 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, July 7. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 11,931, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 16,900 in Tehran, 5,110 in Khuzestan, 4,780 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,995 in Mazandaran, 2,130 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,905 in West Azerbaijan, 1,680 in Golestan, 1,405 in Fars, 710 Hormozgan, and 345 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 66,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

Over 66,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran per PMOI/MEK sources

The death toll is skyrocketing and the spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that even the regime’s engineered statistics show that 200 people died of the novel coronavirus during the past 24-hour period. This indicates a 26 percent increase in comparison to the regime’s own stats back in March and April. A total of 3,270 individuals are in intensive care, she added.

“The provinces of Khuzestan, Hormozgan, Bushehr, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Ilam, East and West Azerbaijans, and Razavi Khorasan are in code red conditions. The provinces of Tehran, Isfahan, Mazandaran, Golestan, Alborz, Kerman, Yazd, Hamedan, and Sistan & Baluchistan, Hamedan, Zanjan and Ardabil are in alarming conditions” the Health Ministry spokesperson continued, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

In Tehran, the city council chief warned of an increase in the number of COVID-19 deaths. “Yesterday, 70 individuals who died of the novel coronavirus were buried in Beheshte Zahra,” he said on Tuesday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“In the past 24 hours the number of new cases hospitalized reached 534 which is one of the highest tallies in comparison to the past few days,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran COVID-19 Task Force. “During this period 84 patients were hospitalized in ICU sections… Conditions in Tehran province remain alarming and unstable… To this day there has been an effort to create a balance between the number of cases and hospital capacities. However, conditions could be far different with an increase in the stats,” he concluded on Monday, according to ISNA.

“In late March we witnessed the peak of the virus and COVID-19 deaths in Tehran; 119 COVID-19 deaths have been registered on March 27 in Tehran… Currently we are in dire conditions… The situation will get worse and Tehran will reach harsh and unbelievable circumstances,” said the director of Tehran’s famous Beheshte Zahra Cemetery on Monday, according to the Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force.

“Currently, there are no empty beds in [Masih Daneshvari] Hospital… That is why we have installed shades in open areas to have patients wait there before they are transferred inside when someone is released. When the number of patients surpass a certain number, naturally we cannot control the situation,” said the head of the infectious branch in Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital on Monday, according to the state-run Khabar Fori outlet.

In West Azerbaijan province, head of the Medical Sciences University said 15 COVID-19 patients and six patients with symptoms similar to coronavirus, died recently. “Currently, Taleghani and Khomeini hospitals in the city of Urmia are full and a third hospital has been allocated to COVID-19 patients,” he added on Monday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). 163 dire patients are in ICU sections and 52 are under ventilators, he continued. These stats are the highest in the past few days and signals an alarming increase in the number of patients.

“All branches of this center have been allocated to COVID-19 patients. Most of the coronavirus patients and deaths are young,” said the head of Shariati Hospital in the city of Mashhad in Razavi Khorasan province on Monday, according to the ISNA news agency.

 

“Conditions have surpassed code red and are very alarming. The hospital has no room for more COVID-19 patients… The Torbate Jam Hospital has no more room at all,” said the governor of Torbate Jam on Tuesday, according to the ISNA news agency.

“Each day we have more than 100 patients hospitalized across [Golestan] province,” said the deputy dean of Golestan Medical Sciences University on Monday. “In the current circumstances our best chance is that the number of those hospitalized equal those released. Forty percent of our hospitalized patients are in dire conditions and 20 percent are in ICU,” he added, according to the Tasnim news agency.

“Ever since COVID-19 began 11 children have died of coronavirus in this province. During the first peak 300 of our medical staff contracted this illness and currently in the second peak on a daily basis 200 physicians and nurses, suffering from suspicious symptoms, are asking for leave,” he said on Tuesday, according to the IRNA news agency.

In Kermanshah province, the deputy dean of the medical sciences university confirmed that about 30 percent of the province's population has contracted coronavirus, according to ISNA news agency. "This percentage shows that we're very far from being an immune society," the deputy dean said.

In Mazandaran province, the number of coronavirus patients in the jurisdictions of Babol and Mazandaran medical sciences universities has been growing at an accelerating pace, IRNA news agency reported. “There are now 600 patients under treatment in the hospitals covered by these two universities… In the past three days, due to the increase of coronavirus patients, Babol, Behshahr, Amol, and Noshahr have been added to the list of code-red cities… This situation will continue for at least another week… Mazandaran province is faced with a serious challenge,” ISNA reported.

In Ilam province, the provincial governor said, “Coronavirus is spreading wildly. There were 220 new cases and seven deaths in one day, which is disastrous and a serious alarm for the province.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, July 7)

In Hormozgan province, Hamshahri daily quoted the dean of the medical sciences university as saying, “Of 11,000 medical staff in Hormozgan province, 934 have so far contracted coronavirus, 50 percent of which has happened since June.”

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reiterated that the accelerating growth of coronavirus cases across the country, to which regime officials are inevitably confessing, is the result of the corrupt and criminal policies of regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei and regime president Hassan Rouhani. Instead of providing the needs of the workers, regime leaders are sending these hardworking people to crowded and contaminated environments without the least preventive and protective equipment. At the same time, they are blaming the people for not abiding by hygienic protocols. This is the regime’s strategy of mass killing to protect itself from another uprising.

 

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