Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, July 27, 2020—Over 77,600 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 Monday afternoon local time, July 27. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 15,912 around a fifth of the actual figure.
The death toll in various provinces include: 19,250 in Tehran, 5,833 in Razavi Khorasan, 4,230 in Qom, 3,530 in Mazandaran, 3,040 in Lorestan, 2,435 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2,340 in West Azerbaijan, 2,280 in East Azerbaijan, 2,048 in Golestan, and 1,955 in Fars. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.
Over 77,600 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
Spokesperson of the Health Ministry said on Monday that in the past 24-hour period 212 have died and 3,819 individuals are in ICU. Similar to the day before there are 25 provinces in code red or alarming circumstances, she added. “The number of people hospitalized in Alborz province during the past month has increased by 60 percent and the contraction trend is very high in the cities of Karaj, Nazar-abad and Fardis. In Ardabil province the number of patients hospitalized has doubled in comparison to last month and the cities of Pars-abad, Meshkinshahr and Ardabil are witnessing the highest escalations,” the Health Ministry spokesperson continued, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.
“If we are to have 200 plus [Covid-19] deaths each day, we will reach very high numbers in the next 365 days,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Monday. “All our efforts in June went to waste in July,” he added, according to ISNA.
“Considering the continued increasing trend of the novel coronavirus, especially in Tehran, and the extreme fatigue of our medical staff, and the fact that many can no longer continue providing any services after contracting the virus themselves… I am requesting that you order an immediate evaluation of permitting the hiring new individuals for these positions,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force, on Monday, according to the state-run Aftabe Yazd daily.
“Yesterday, 116 people who died of Covid-19 were buried in Beheshte Zahra Cemetery and 118 the day before. These are very high numbers,” said Nahid Khodakarami, head of the Tehran City Council Health Committee, on Monday. “Furthermore, all the ICU beds in the capital are full,” she added, according to the Asre Iran daily.
“There are times that due to lack of medical staff we are forced to shut down some branches of the hospital,” said Reza Jalili Khoshnood, head of the Shohaday-e Tajrish Hospital in the Iranian capital Tehran, said on Monday. “Even the Khomeini and Masih Daneshvari hospitals are facing difficulties and have been forced to shut down various branches,” he added, according to the Aftab Yazd daily.
“These days a shortage in medical staff is one of the main problems. The medical staff, especially nurses, are available but they are not hired. Those who are hired are under such a massive work load that they decide to immigrate to other countries,” this daily adds.
In Alborz province, the dean of the medical sciences university said, “Until now, 662 coronavirus patients have died in this province. There were also 887 people who died with coronavirus symptoms.” (Source: ISNA, July 27)
In Eastern Azerbaijan, 80 percent of hospital beds and 100 percent of ICU beds are occupied, the Sahand TV network of Tabriz reported. The report quoted the dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University as saying, “There are 803 hospitalized coronavirus patients in our hospitals and 120 patients are under ventilator support. These are patients who are in critical conditions and their chances of survival are very low.”
In Kerman province, the care deputy of the medical sciences university said, “Nearly all ICU beds are filled. All hospitals are treating coronavirus patients and yesterday, we had the highest number of hospitalized patients in the past 5-6 months.” (Source: ISNA, July 27)
The regime’s own experts are criticizing the recent comments of regime president Hassan Rouhani, who declared mourning ceremonies for Iman Hossein, the third Shiite Imam, will be held despite the threat of coronavirus. The state-run Khabar Fori website quoted Dr. Minoo Mohraz, member of the science committee of the Coronavirus Task Force, as saying, “We’re still in a very steep incline of coronavirus cases and many provinces are in a red state. Even if the slope softens, we still have to prevent congregations. Crowds who attend mosques for mourning ceremonies will cause serious threats… people who haven’t contracted coronavirus until now… will surely contract the virus in such crowds.”
“There’s no justification of any assembly,” Dr. Massoud Mardani, another member of the science committee, said, according to Khabar Fori. “Due to the current situation in the country and the resurgence of coronavirus case, any assembly is not justified and this has nothing to do with Muharram and Saffar [months in the Islamic calendar].”
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reiterated that the criminal decision by Rouhani and regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei to hold mourning ceremonies in Muharram is aimed at intentionally committing mass murder of the population. The regime’s strategy is to maximize casualties to prevent the re-emergence of nationwide protests and the overthrow of the mullahs’ rule. This is happening while Haj ceremonies in Saudi Arabia have been suspended to protect the lives of Muslims. Another piece of this strategy is the destruction of the health system by refraining from hiring ready nurses who have been sacrificing their all in the past six months and are contracting coronavirus in large groups and need all the support they can get.
Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map