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Iran coronavirus update: Over 68,100 deaths, highest official death toll since pandemic began

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 68,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 68,100 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 9, 2020—Over 68,100 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 9. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 12,305, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 5,165 in Khuzestan, 5,060 in Razavi Khorasan, 3,030 in Mazandaran, 1,935 in West Azerbaijan, 1,710 in Golestan, 1,600 in Hamedan 1,475 in Fars, 1,365 in Kurdistan, and 450 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry on Thursday said 221 people have died of the novel coronavirus during the past 24-hour period, adding 3,324 people are currently in intensive care units, which is unprecedented since the winter season, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency. Thursday’s 221 deaths mark the highest daily death toll even according to the regime’s own engineered figures.

Over 68,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 68,100 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


Having no shame, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani blamed the new wave of COVID-19 victims on “people not taking restrictions and instructions seriously enough, especially during various gatherings such as weddings and funeral ceremonies.”

Rouhani’s remarks, however, cannot impact the truth. The growing number of COVID-19 deaths has increased concerns of popular protests and political disputes among the regime’s own ranks and files.

Of the one billion dollars that the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei allocated to fight coronavirus, we have received “less than 30 percent,” said Health Minister Saied Namaki. “Why should I, as the Health Minister, have to hesitate in my remarks before a senior official… I haven’t appeared before cameras much recently, because I have been very disappointed… Instead of telling me you go worry about health issues, we’ll support you with the economy, the Health Minister has to now worry about the economy more than the people’s health. The personnel should be told to write protocols on how to reopen and not how to close. We receive security reports, that [people] are resorting to protests due to poverty. This is serious. The President and the security forces must think of the economy and preventing protests,” Namaki said on Wednesday. “I have a memoir of the COVID-19 days, and I will publish it if I live longer,” he threatened. “And if that day comes that those who are very dear are attacked despite all their hard work during this period, I will be forced to say things that will be far more than many can tolerate,” he added.

The head of the infectious diseases group of Birjand Medical Sciences University said, “The real figures might be ten times greater than the official stats… If the declared number of cases is 2,600, the real number might be 20,000 cases and 400 of them might die.” (Source: Javan Daily, July 8)

Alireza Zali, the head of the Coronavirus Task Force in Tehran, said, “Until now, 4,400 healthcare workers in the medical centers of Tehran’s universities have contracted the virus… Due to a strategic mistake, Tehran was never considered a red area… Tehran must be shut down for an entire week… If it’s not enough, we should lock down Tehran for an entire month.” (Source: Shabakeyeh Khabar TV station, July 8)

The state-run Khabar Fori website reported: “Coronavirus is a time bomb that will soon explode in Tehran… The coronavirus situation in Tehran is getting worse every day… The head of the Khomeini hospital complex said, ‘The worrying thing is that the ratio of patients in need of ICU care is growing in comparison to other hospitalized patients and stands at more than 40 percent. Also, the number of patients who need ventilator support continues to grow.’”



In Razavi Khorasan province, a member of the city council of Mashhad said, “The second wave of coronavirus has broken all records… the increase in the number of deaths among Mashhad citizens is a serious alarm.” (Source: IRNA, July 9)

“The condition in Razavi Khorasan and Mashhad is still red and there are no measures to counter the current situation,” Tasnim News Agency reported. “According to the official statement of the province’s Coronavirus Task Force, 17 counties in Razavi Khorasan are in code-red conditions.”

In Western Azerbaijan province, the dean of the medical sciences university confirmed that the capacity of Taleghani and Khomeini hospitals in Urmia is full, and a third hospital is entering the coronavirus cycle, Mehr News Agency reported on Wednesday. “In other cities of the province, hospital beds are being filled and this trend is cause for worry,” the dean added.

In Golestan province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “The number of cities in red conditions in Golestan province has increased to 12 and only two cities of Ali Abadi Katoul and Maraveh Tapeh are in yellow conditions… At some point, the number of hospitalized patients was 150, but today they have surpassed 700.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, July 9)

In Mazandaran province, the dean of the medical sciences university declared that the cities of Amol, Babol, Behshahr, Ramsar, Mahmoud Abad, Savadkuh, and Noshahr are in code-red conditions, according to ISNA news agency. “Coronavirus is fast spreading and if we don’t control the situation, we will be forced to return to quarantines and establishing restrictions and closing down many centers,” the dean added.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map