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Iran coronavirus update: Over 77,000 deaths, “nearly the entire country is in code red status”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 77,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 77,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 26, 2020—Over 77,000 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 Sunday afternoon local time, July 26. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 15,700 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 19,050 in Tehran, 5,755 in Razavi Khorasan, 5,585 in Khuzestan, 3,495 in Mazandaran, 2,425 in Alborz, 1,930 in Fars, 1,110 in Kerman, 940 Hormozgan, and 835 in Bushehr. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 77,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 77,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Spokesperson of the Health Ministry said on Sunday that in the past 24-hour period 216 have died and 3,695 individuals are in ICU. “Two cities in Isfahan province are in code red status and 11 cities are in alarming conditions. The number of Covid-19 patients in Isfahan province, especially in crowded cities, is witnessing an increasing trend. In Tehran province, the cities of Pakdasht, Damavand and Shahriar are reporting a significantly increasing number of hospitalized patients. Half of the ICU beds allocated for the elderly are filled with Covid-19 patients. Our most important concern is the medical staff contracting the virus and suffering from fatigue,” she said, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“The status quo is not good at all… nearly the entire country is in code red conditions,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Sunday. “The number of patients in Tehran declined significantly in the month of April. However, right now we are seeing 600 new hospitalized patients each day. Furthermore, in Tehran we have around 4,500 hospitalized patients. We must take into notice that until this trend remains increasing, the death rate will also be escalating. The novel coronavirus is our report card. Any hygiene negligence will show its results in five to seven days with people seeking medical treatment. And two to three weeks later increasing numbers are seen in those hospitalized, and four to six weeks later they are seen in the number of deaths. Currently Tehran has become the source of the virus spreading across the country and the cycle is very active; this is especially true in cities around Tehran, such as those in Alborz province and then in the north… Anyone commuting between Tehran and its nearby cities and towns can transfer the virus to other people,” he said, according to the state-run Entekhab daily.

 

 

In Tehran province, the head of Eslamshahr’s Imam Reza Hospital said that the capacity of three sections allocated to coronavirus patients has been filled and there’s no room to hospitalize many patients in the emergency section, Fars News Agency, run by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), reported on Saturday. “We have many patients in critical conditions, and no hospital in Tehran admits these patients,” the head of the hospital added. According to the Fars report, the head of Eslamshahr’s health network said, “Seven percent of tests in March, 14 percent in April, and 26 percent in May turned out positive. In June, more than 30 percent of tests were positive. The continuation of this trend is dangerous.”

According to the state-run Khabar Fori website, the dean of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said during a private meeting: “In the ICU section of Khorshid hospital, we were forced to operate like Spain, which means we sent a 50-year-old patient to the ICU and left a 70-year-old to die. The expansion of the second wave started at a time that the capabilities of our hospitals had diminished in comparison to the first wave.”

In Easter Azerbaijan province, the head of the health network of Ahar said, “The number of Covid-19 patients in Ahar has seen a 250-percent increase in July and the number of the number of hospitalized patients has increased by 400 percent… Until this moment, the capacity of all hospitalization parts of the hospitals of Ahar allocated to coronavirus patients have been filled.” (Source: IRNA, July 26)

 

 

In Mazandaran province, the number of coronavirus patients in Babol has seen a six-fold increase in comparison to the previous peak two months ago, IRNA reported on Saturday. The restrictions imposed in Babol did not stop the growing trend of hospitalized coronavirus patients.

In Fars province, the head of public relations of Shiraz Medical Sciences University reported 17 deaths on Saturday, according to Fars. The official added, “This is the greatest number of deaths in a single day in the province since the beginning of the outbreak.”

In Hormozgan province, there are 400 hospitalized coronavirus patients, 90 of them are in ICU, and 30 are in critical conditions, Fars reported on Sunday. “All regions of the province are in critical and dangerous conditions, especially the western reaches of the province and the islands of Qeshm and Kish,” the report added.

Yesterday, regime President Hassan Rouhani said, “We must hold mourning ceremonies everywhere for Imam Hossein [the slain grandson of Prophet Mohamed], in villages and cities, and in areas where we say are in code red, yellow or alarming conditions. Whatever it may be, these mourning ceremonies must be held.”

Following these remarks, Masih Mohajery, the manager of Jomhurieh Eslmai (Islamic Republic) daily and a former advisor to previous regime presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami, wrote in an editorial on Sunday, “Mr. President! As the head of the Coronavirus Task Force, you are responsible for the people’s lives. It is clear that the new decisions of the task force will deal the same damage that the lifting of coronavirus restrictions did. Think about this bitter reality that with these decisions, a very dark autumn will await our country.”

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map