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Iran coronavirus update: Over 74,200 deaths, highest official daily death toll & ICU patients

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 74,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 74,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 21, 2020—Over 74,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 347 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 21. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 14,634 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 18,450 in Tehran, 5,460 in Razavi Khorasan, 3,288 in Mazandaran, 2,880 in Lorestan, 2,350 in Alborz, 1,945 in Hamedan, 1,838 in Fars, 1,045 in Kerman, 855 in Hormozgan, 695 in Zanjan, 595 in Qazvin, 570 in Ilam, and 485 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 74,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 74,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


The spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday that 229 people had died of the novel coronavirus during the past 24-hour period and 3,589 patients are in ICU. Both statistics are unprecedented and the highest official numbers since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The provinces of Mazandaran, Fars, East and West Azerbaijans, Razavi Khorasan, Alborz, Khuzestan, Lorestan, Golestan, Kerman, Zanjan and Ilam are in code red status. The provinces of Tehran, Isfahan, Bushehr, Hormozgan, Qazvin, Markazi (Central), North Khorasan, Hamedan, South Khorasan, Semnan, Sistan & Baluchistan, Ardabil and Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed are in warning status,” the spokesperson added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The highest death toll is among the 3,500 people currently in ICU. This is a very important number. They are in dire conditions,” said Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi on Monday, according to the regime’s state IRIB TV network.

“We don’t know when the peak of the virus will end in these provinces,” said Deputy Health Miniter Ghasem Jan-Babaie regarding the spread of Covid-19 in the provinces of Razavi Khorasan, Mazandaran and Fars.

“Currently our hospitals are experiencing an orange status, or the ‘danger’ phase. More than 50 percent of the Covid-19 fatalities are dying in Tehran. We should take this issue seriously that 12,000 of our medical personnel contracted the novel coronavirus in a five-month period,” said Reza Golpira, Director of the Hospital Management Center in the Health Ministry, on Sunday, according to the state-run Hemayat daily.

“The number of Covid-19 cases among children suffering from autism and their families have increased ten-fold in the second wave in comparison to the first wave,” said the Director of the Autism Association in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday, according to the official IRNA news agency.

In Mazandaran province, the bazaar has been closed for a week in the city of Amol. Mahmoud-Abad Hospital has no room for new patients and the number of new cases is increasing by the minute.

“In the past 24 hours a total of 312 individuals have been hospitalized with symptoms similar to Covid-19… Currently 1,451 patients suspicious of Covid-19 are hospitalized in this center,” according to the Public Relations Office of the Mazandaran Medical Sciences University.

“The ICU and CCU sections of Mahmoud-Abad Hospital are full and the city of Amol cannot accept new Covid-19 cases,” said governor of Mahmoud-Abad on Tuesday, according to the ISNA news agency.

“Currently we have 700 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Kerman province. This is unprecedented in the past five months,” said Deputy of Treatment in Kerman Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the ISNA news agency.



“To this day 137 members of the Torbat-e Jam Medical Sciences University treatment staff have contracted Covid-19. Despite the fact that we have 14 ICU beds, we need another 16 beds for chronic patients and this needs to be procured. Ventilators, medical staff, supplies, medical gear and N95 masks are also among our shortages in this university,” said the dean of Torbat-e Jam Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the ISNA news agency.

The governor of the city of Sarakhs, “referring to the fact that 40 percent of Sarkhas medical staff have contracted the virus said on Monday that the aged facilities of Loghman Hakim Hospital, shortage in medical staff and lack of CT scan devices are currently among the most important problems of our city,” according to the ISNA news agency.

In Fars province, the deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University said that in the past 24 hours, 15 people have died of coronavirus, and in the past 48 hours, there have been 31 covid-19 casualties, Fars News Agency reported. IRNA quoted the dean of the same university as saying, “The number of coronavirus deaths in Fars is alarming and 90 percent of ICU beds are filled.”

In Alborz province, ISNA quoted the dean of Alborz Medical Sciences University as saying, “Most cities across the country are in an alarming state, filled hospital beds and the exhaustion of the medical staff are causing problems in treating patients… Without a doubt, the next wave of the disease in September and October will be worse.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map