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Iran coronavirus update: Over 79,500 deaths, “All areas across the country are contaminated”

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 79,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 79,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 30, 2020—Over 79,500 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 Thursday afternoon local time, July 30. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 16,569 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 5,963 in Razavi Khorasan, 5,655 in Khuzestan, 3,685 in Mazandaran, 3,603 in Isfahan, 3,150 in Lorestan, 2,460 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2,455 in Alborz, 2,380 in West Azerbaijan, 2,127 in Golestan, 2,045 in Fars, 1,560 in Kurdistan, 1,160 in North Khorasan, 875 in Bushehr, 840 in Markazi (Central), and 292 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 79,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 79,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Spokesperson of the Health Ministry said on Thursday that in the past 24-hour period 226 have died and 4,041 individuals are in ICU. The later statistic is unprecedented since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Currently, all areas across the country are contaminated with Covid-19. In Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari province from late May we are once again witnessing a rising trend in the number of new daily cases and people being hospitalized, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic. In Markazi province, from early June we are witnessing an increasing number of daily new patients in most of the cities. The trend of the number of new hospitalized cases in some cities of Markazi province, including Arak, Zarandiyeh, Khomein, Saveh and Doleijan is concerning,” she said, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

Despite the truth, regime President Hassan] Rouhani on Thursday continued his deceptive and repulsive remarks. “The trend is towards recovery and passing the coronavirus peak in our country. In nearly all provinces, except for two, there is a current trend in the process to control Covid-19,” he said.

All the while, the “National Council of Medical Groups Associations” issued a letter to Rouhani, signed by many regime ministers and officials. “We warn that not following expertise advice will lead to new cases and deaths in scopes much higher than before. If there are 200 deaths and 2,000 cases registered daily these days, some estimates indicate that if serious instructions are not followed in the next three months these numbers will increase to 1,600 deaths each day. Fatigue is rampant among our medical staff and health resources, all rendering a very dark perspective for the near future. Therefore, as an expertise advice and accepting all the social and moral responsibilities, we declare the following: religious ceremonies and mourning in social events and groups, in addition to large gatherings—such as final year exams—without the necessary circumstances, should be banned indisputably. These bans should be subject to serious supervisions and strictly imposed,” the letter reads, according to a Wednesday publication in the Medical Apparatus Organization website.

 

 

“Tehran is the source of contamination for other cities because it is the destination of travelers. The day and night populations of Tehran differ between 800,000 to one million. This population can deliver a vast spread of the virus,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Thursday. “Yesterday in Tehran we hospitalized 710 Covid-19 patients. Currently the number of people hospitalized each day has reached 4,000,” according to the state-run Hamshahri daily.

“The virus’ spread is beyond our calculations. The [Sina] hospital has around 500 beds that are always full. We no longer have any beds to hospitalize new patients. At times we are at 110 to 120 percent of our capacity,” said the head of Tehran’s Sina Hospital on Thursday.

“Around 200 beds in [Firuzgar] hospital are filled with Covid-19 patients, of which 70 are in ICUs and 15 under respiratory devices. Considering the increasing trend of people seeking medical care in this hospital, other branches have been allocated to Covid-19 patients,” said the head of Firzugar Hospital on Thursday, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

 

 

“Of the 36 cities in Fars province, 19 are in code red, 15 in code yellow (warning), and two are in white conditions, meaning they should still be careful,” said the deputy governor of Fars province on Thursday, according to IRNA.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Isfahan province, other than those in the cities of Kashan, Aran and Bidgol, has reached 855,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Thursday. “169 people are in ICUs… the number of chronic Covid-19 cases in Isfahan province have increased significantly,” the spokesperson added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS).

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map