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Iran coronavirus update: Over 80,700 deaths, younger patients filling the country’s hospitals

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 80,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 80,700 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 1, 2020—Over 80,700 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 Saturday afternoon local time, August 1. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 16,982 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 6,063 in Razavi Khorasan, 5,695 in Khuzestan, 3,740 in Mazandaran, 3,628 in Isfahan, 3,205 in Lorestan, 2,496 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2,490 in Alborz, 2,412 in West Azerbaijan, 2,355 in East Azerbaijan, 2,162 in Golestan, 2,110 in Fars, 2,070 in Hamedan, 1,600 in Kurdistan, 1,197 in North Khorasan, 890 in Bushehr, 855 in Markazi (Central), and 522 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 80,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 80,700 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

While the Covid-19 catastrophe has engulfed the country and more than 90 percent of Iran’s population live in 26 provinces, and while the spokesperson of the Health Ministry said on Saturday that all those provinces are in code red conditions, regime President Hassan] Rouhani resorted to a new series of horrendous remarks. “Today was among the days that the provincial reports were hopeful and around ten provinces were named that were in harsh conditions in the past. Today, however, they have surpassed the illness’ peak,” Rouhani claimed.

It is worth noting that Rouhani had made these remarks on July 25: “The status is code red, yellow and of warnings. Whatever it is, there must be mourning ceremonies for Imam Hossein [the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Mohamed].” Today, however, Rouhani was forced to retreat from his position and say, “Gatherings, be mourning, weddings, seminars and… are all banned.”

“There is an average of 700 registered coronavirus cases across the province who are hospitalized,” said the governor of Tehran province on Saturday, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“During the past 24 hours, 19 other individuals in Fars province have lost their lives to Covid-19,” said deputy dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University on Friday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS).

“The number of confirmed cases and hospitalized patients, in comparison to the first wave, has been far more. During the first wave move of the people engaged with Covid-19 were seniors and had previous illnesses. However, many of the beds are filled with younger patients and even teenagers. This is concerning,” said the deputy dean of Alborz Medical Sciences University on Saturday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

 

 

“The situation in Isfahan is not adequate at all. Among the patients currently hospitalized 151 are in dire conditions,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Friday, according to the Mehr news agency.

“To this day more than 500 bank employees across [Golestan] province have contracted Covid-19. This has forced various bank branches to close during this period,” said the secretary of the Golestan Banking Coordination Council on Saturday, according to ISNA.

“Currently there are more than 100 deaths each day in Beheshte Zahra cemetery. If we take all of Tehran province into consideration it is probably near the 150 mark and not in line with the Health Ministry stats of around 200 each day for the entire country and the country numbers must be far higher,” one state-run newspaper wrote on Saturday. “The governor of Eslamshahr (a city located southwest of Tehran) has declared that to this day that 292 locals have died of Covid-19. If we consider this ratio for the entire country, we realize the true number of deaths due to this illness. And this is only the official number of Covid-19 deaths in this city. Furthermore, there is no need for these calculations to realize the true conditions caused by Covid-19. You only need to visit a hospital to see how it is full of patients,” the state-run Etemad daily added.

The state-run Setareyeh Sobh daily wrote, “The society is upset and any moment, and there’s possibilities of social unrest any moment. In 2018 and 2019, 80-100 counties and towns whose names were never heard rose. Today, similar social unrests are predicted… Today, Iran has 13-14 million people who are living in city slums and have nothing to lose… Officials must think of something or else there will be danger. If this match is lit, putting down the fire will be very difficult.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map