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Iran coronavirus update: Over 68,800 deaths, over 17,240 in Tehran province alone

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 68,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 68,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 10, 2020—Over 68,800 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 Friday afternoon local time, July 10. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 12,447, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 17,240 in Tehran, 5,140 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,505 in Lorestan, 2,030 in West Azerbaijan, 2,010 in East Azerbaijan, 1,650 in Hamedan, 1,550 in Fars, 970 in Semnan, 855 in Kerman, 750 in Hormozgan, 695 in Bushehr, and 220 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.


Over 68,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 68,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

From June 21 to July 9, at least 240 COVID-19 patients have died at the Sina, Be’sat, Beheshti and Tamine Ejtemaie hospitals in the city of Hamedan, according to physicians’ reports. The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in these four facilities is twice those witnessed in March and April.

At least 170 COVID-19 patients have died in Ganjavian Hospital of Dezful in southwest Iran. The stats of this city are not calculated in the figures tallied for Khuzestan province and are directly reported to the Health Ministry in Tehran. The hospitals of Dezful are facing a severe oxygen shortage. The nurses are suffering from extreme fatigue after working full time for the past four to five months, and all the while they are not receiving their delayed paychecks.

Alborz province, located west of Tehran, is facing a major shortage in ICU beds. Lack of manpower is also a serious issue and medical personnel fatigue has become a major issue in this province, as witnessed across the country.


“With the novel coronavirus peaking once again, in various parts of the country we have once again concluded that the sensitivity level regarding this phenomenon must be increased,” said Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) chief Hossein Salami on Thursday, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Saeid Namaki also expressed concern over popular protests. According to security reports, the fact that people “resort to protests due to poverty and not being able to make ends meet, is a serious matter. The President and the security forces must think about the economy and preventing protests,” he said.

In Tehran, a member of the City Council presidium called for the return of lockdown measures in Tehran with even more severity, according to a Friday report wired by the IRGC-affiliated Fars news agency.


In Western Azerbaijan province, the dean of the medical sciences university confirmed that the province broke the record of number of deaths in one day, Mehr News Agency reported on Thursday. “Twenty people have lost their lives in the past 24 hours… There are 790 patients hospitalized in the provinces hospitals with acute respiratory syndrome,” the dean said.

The governor of Maku said, “All beds in the ICU section are filled… Eighteen medical workers have contracted coronavirus and if the situation persists our equipment and facilities will not be enough to respond to incoming patients.”

“90 percent of the provincial population are facing dangerous conditions,” said the deputy dean of Khuzestan Medical Sciences University on Friday, according to Fars news agency.

“With 17 new COVID-19 deaths, the number of fatalities has increased to 356,” said the director of public relations in Hormozgan Medical Sciences University on Friday. “493 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, of which 79 are in ICU and 46 are in dire conditions,” he added, according to the Shafaghna outlet.

“The record number of daily COVID-19 deaths has been broken in the city Neyshabur,” said the dean of Neyshabur Medical Sciences University in Razavi Khorasan province on Thursday. “The current situation in Neyshabur is worse than in February and March,” he added, according to Javan Daily.

In Eastern Azerbaijan province, the dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University said that in the next two months, the province will see its worse coronavirus situation, according to ISNA news agency. “Every day, around 180 people are hospitalized and only 150 discharged.”

The deputy of the Coronavirus Task Force in Qazvin province confirmed that the number of coronavirus deaths and cases in the province is increasing, Mehr News Agency reported. “From the province 7.31 trillion rials allocated to the province, only 4.3 trillion have been paid,” the official added. Mehr also quoted the dean of the province’s medical sciences university as saying, “The outbreak of the disease has tripled in magnitude in the past ten days.”

“628 individuals suspected of having contracted COVID-19 are hospitalized,” said the dean of Mazandaran Medical Sciences University on Friday. “The cities of Mazandaran have once again become an epicenter for this dangerous virus and are witnessing an escalating trend of COVID-19 cases and patients being hospitalized across the province,” he said, according to Fars.

“The situation in this province is deteriorating and the rise in the number of cases, those hospitalized and deaths in the past few weeks have left our medical centers facing serious difficulties. If this trend continues we will be facing a serious catastrophe,” said the deputy governor of Lorestan province on Thursday, according to the Mehr news agency, affiliated to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map