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Iran coronavirus update: Over 74,700 deaths, 40 percent increase in “red” cities

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 74,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 74,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 22, 2020—Over 74,700 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, July 22. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 14,853 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 5,505 in Khuzestan, 4,185 in Qom, 3,450 in Isfahan, 3,345 in Gilan, 2,305 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2,185 of East Azerbaijan, 1,865 in Kermanshah 1,854 in Fars, 1,515 in Kurdistan, 1,020 in North Khorasan, 795 in Bushehr, 795 in Markazi (Central,) and 390 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 74,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 74,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 219 people had died in the past 24-hour period and 3,609 are in ICU sections. “The number of cities that are designated as being in alarming conditions have witnessed a 40 percent increase. This is a reminder to us to further abide by hygiene protocols and impose further restrictions,” she said, according to the regime’s official IRIB state TV network. “For example, in Mazandaran province the number of people hospitalized on a daily basis has increased by three-fold and ten cities have been added to this province’s code red cities.”

While the regime refrains from allocating a budget to countering the coronavirus crisis, the situation in hospitals is getting worse every day. An MP from Nahavand, Hamedan province, said, “The shortage of medical equipment, including CT scan and MRI devices and ambulance, as well as a shortage of medical staff, especially infection specialists, has caused the people to go to neighboring cities for treatment.” (Source: Radio Farhang, July 22)



Another MP from Gonbad Kavus, Golestan province, said, “Officials are blaming everything on the people. They should be reporting on what they have done and are doing? How many ICU [beds] did they provide? How much longer must the people die while waiting for the ICU to clear up? How much oxygen did they provide? The people are dying of lack of oxygen. They must report, how much medicine did they provide? Rare medicine is plentiful in the black market. How many trailers and tents did they provide to the impoverished segments of the society? How many free masks did they distribute? How much sanitizer did they give to the poor and weak? The people don’t even have the power to purchase face masks. They should get a hold of themselves! It’s as if they have sworn to kill all the people! Health insurance [costs] is taking its toll on the people and the renewal of village health insurance costs 8 million rials per person. Think about these poor people!” (Source: ICANA news agency, July 22)

Regime president Hassan Rouhani, who previous denied medical shortages, admitted today that the coronavirus problem will not be solved anytime soon, and the remaining path is “much more than we have come.” Rouhani said, “In the next months, the number of hospitalized patients will be more than the past 4-5 months… We must prepare our hospitals, beds, doctors, nurses, and we should know that the burden we will face in the future is heavier.”

In Razavi Khorasan province, the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted the health deputy of Sabzevar Medical Sciences University as saying, “This county has crossed the code-red state and is now getting close to a critical situation.”

“The number of deaths in East Azerbaijan province has increased significantly and have been unprecedented and record-breaking during the past 24 hours,” said the deputy dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet affiliated to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). “One in every four Covid-19 patients in this province is hospitalized in ICUs. 1,500 individuals working in the Tabriz Medical Sciences University have contracted the novel coronavirus ,” another university official said on Tuesday, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“During the past few days the number of people hospitalized, and Covid-19 deaths have increased tremendously… the city of Arak is in code red conditions and very dangerous. If this trend continues towards the fall and winter seasons, we will not be able to provide adequate medical services to the people,” said the dean of Arak Medical Sciences University in Markazi (Central) province on Wednesday, according to ISNA.


Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map