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Iran coronavirus update: Over 70,800 deaths, over 17,630 in Tehran alone

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 70,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 70,800 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 14, 2020—Over 70,800 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 343 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 14. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 13,211, around a sixth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 17,630 in Tehran, 5,310 in Khuzestan, 3,350 in Isfahan, 2,620 in Lorestan, 2,190 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 1,795 in Golestan, 925 in Kerman, 580 in Qazvin, and 470 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 70,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 70,800 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

The scope of the novel coronavirus catastrophe in Tehran has reached a point that despite initial opposition from Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani and other senior regime officials, on Monday night Tehran Municipality imposed “new, one-week restrictions on the city of Tehran.” According to these measures, “all universities, religious centers, technical and professional educational centers, language schools and other training centers and libraries, along with cinemas, theaters and… will be closed. Furthermore, any type of social, cultural, and religious ceremonies and gatherings will be forbidden.”

Spokesperson for the regime’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday that 179 people had died during the past 24-hour period and 3,389 people are in intensive care units. For the first time in the past few months, 25 provinces were registered as code red or having alarming circumstances. “The provinces of East and West Azerbaijans, Ilam, Bushehr, Razavi Khorasan, Khuzestan, Zanjan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Golestan, Mazandaran, and Hormozgan are in code red conditions. The provinces of Tehran, Fars, Ardabil, Isfahan, Alborz, South Khorasan, Sistan & Baluchistan, Kerman, Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed, Lorestan, Hamedan, Yazd and North Khorasan are under alarming conditions,” she said, according to the regime’s semi-official ISNA news agency.

 

“One-fifth of the country’s daily death count are Covid-19 cases and this is a serious alarm bell and concerning,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Tuesday. “Around 1,050 people die across the country each day and more than 200 of them are coronavirus patients,” he added, according to the official IRNA news agency.

“In Tehran, at first around (50) 16-hour medical centers were engaged. Then, due to the lowering number of cases, we had 40 and then 30 engaged centers. Last week these numbers escalated to 94 centers,” said Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi on Tuesday, according to IRNA.

“During the past 10 days all the indexes, including the number of new cases, the number of people seeking treatment in medical centers, the number of positive tests, the number of people being hospitalized in general branches and those in ICU sections have all been increasing,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday, according to IRNA. “The amount of infectious trash in Tehran has increased from 2,000 tons to 7,000 tons per day,” Zali had said on Monday.

In Kerman province, two people have died of coronavirus every five hours in the past 23 days, according to ISNA news agency. “The warnings become louder every day because in the past three days, 37 people have died of coronavirus in Kerman province,” ISNA reported on Tuesday. On Monday, ISNA quoted the dean of Sirjan Medical Sciences University as saying, “The growth of coronavirus was such that the capacity of all hospitals of this city have been filled.”

In Mazandaran province, the president of the health network of Amol county said that all five hospitals of this country are treating coronavirus patients, and four of them are on the verge of becoming filled, IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The dean added, “The situation is growing beyond the control of the county’s medical centers… The medical staff of the county are extremely tired and have become exhausted due to the first peak of coronavirus. This county is in urgent need of human resources.”

The manager of blood transfer in Mazandaran said that the spread of coronavirus has resulted in a 15-percent decrease in blood donations since the beginning of the Persian calendar year (starting from March), IRNA reported on Tuesday.

 

In Fars province, the deputy-dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University said, “In the past two days, the number of covid-19 deaths in Fars has accelerated, and every two hours one patient dies.” (Source: Entekhab, July 13)

In Bushehr province, the governor of Ganaveh said, “The number of cases and deaths has increased, and the capacity of hospitals have been filled.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, July 13)

On Monday, the state-run Setareyeh Sobh newspaper described the increased pressure of the coronavirus outbreak on the impoverished classes of the society as such: “These days, public and charity hospitals in Tehran, Mashhad, Karaj, and other large cities are filled with patients who, in general, don’t have very good economic conditions and don’t have the means for proper nutrition and necessary vitamins to prevent coronavirus. As a result, it can be said that coronavirus is the disease of the poor and impoverished… The government is to blame for this situation because it lifted restrictions and normalized the situation. If it wants to control the disease right now, it must lock down the country for a month.”

Resalat, another state-run daily that has close ties to regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei, criticized the Rouhani government and wrote on Tuesday, “The government has not had any serious plan to counter this disease, it had no plans for the first wave of this disease, and now that the different aspects of the disease have become evident and we are in the second wave, the economy, communities, and different sectors are suffering from the government’s lack of planning.”

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map