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Iran coronavirus update: Over 73,600 deaths, experts forecasting disastrous fall season

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 73,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 73,600 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 20, 2020—Over 73,600 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 346 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 Monday afternoon local time, July 20. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 14,405 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 5,470 in Khuzestan, 3,410 in Isfahan, 3,255 in Mazandaran, 2,835 in Lorestan, 2,195 in West Azerbaijan, 1,805 in Fars, 1,465 in Kurdistan, and 760 in Ardabil.  This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

The spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said on Monday that 217 people had died of the novel coronavirus during the past 24-hour period and 3,583 patients are in ICU. These are the highest official numbers since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 73,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

Over 73,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI/MEK sources

 

“We are in a dangerous period. We have shortages in oxygen devices and other medical and hospital supplies. We will be having difficult days ahead of us. Instructions have been issued to Medical Sciences Universities to increase the number of 16-hour facilities and hospitals that accept Covid-19 patients should be separated from those who do not accept such patients,” said regime Health Minister Saied Namaki on Monday, according to the officials IRNA news agency.

“650 individuals have been hospitalized in ordinary sections in the past 24 hours and 123 in ICU sections,” said Alireza Zali, head of Tehran’s Covid-19 Task Force on Sunday. “Seventeen percent of the individuals who go to treatment facilities and 9.9 percent of those who go to health facilities need to be hospitalized. It is worth noting that these numbers were at 3.5 and 5 percent back in April and May,” he added, according to IRNA.

“We will need to launch field hospitals in our provinces if the Covid-19 spread continues as it is now,” said the deputy governor of Mazandaran province on Monday, according to the state-run Tabnak website.

“The infrastructures and hospital capacity in this area cannot respond to the large number of new cases during the second wave of this virus this coming fall season. Some experts believe the number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in this province in the fall season will reach 2,600. The provincial medical centers will not be able to provide medical care for this number of patients,” said the governor of Golestan province on Sunday, according to IRNA.

 

 

“Covid-19 continues to spread ruthlessly in Ardabil province. Eight patients lost their lives in the past 24-hours,” said the caretaker of Ardabil Medical Sciences University on Sunday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. He described the hospital emergency sections as very crowded and the situation as very worrisome.

“From mid-May onward the coronavirus death rate has increased tenfold in comparison to numbers seen in February,” said the head of Kermanshah Medical Sciences University on Monday, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“In Hamedan province four different bank branches are closed due to their employees contracting Covid-19,” said the Secretary of the Banks Coordination Commission in this province on Monday, according to ISNA. “To this day 214 employees of Hamedan province banks have contracted the virus.”

“Spokesperson of the Kerman Medical Sciences University said 15 individuals died of Covid-19 in the past 24-hour period,” according to a report wired on Monday by ISNA.