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Iran coronavirus update: Over 81,400 deaths, over 20,000 in Tehran alone

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 81,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 81,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 2, 2020—Over 81,400 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, August 2. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 17,190 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 20,250 in Tehran, 6,108 in Razavi Khorasan, 3,698 in Isfahan, 3,775 in Mazandaran, 2,130 in Fars, 1,975 iun Kermanshah, 1,210 in Kerman, 1,020 in Semnan, 925 in Ardabil, 895 in Markazi (Central), 760 in Zanjan, 645 in Ilam, and 321 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 81,400 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 81,400 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

Spokesperson of the Health Ministry said on Sunday that in the past 24-hour period 208 have died and 4,089 individuals are in ICU. The later statistic is unprecedented since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Twenty cities in Mazandaran province are in code red and two are in alarming conditions. The number of Covid-19 cases hospitalized have doubled in the past six weeks and the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Mazandaran are truly concerning,” she said on Sunday. “Seven cities and towns in Lorestan province are in code red while three are in alarming conditions. The number of Covid-19 cases hospitalized in the cities of Khorramabad, Aligudarz, Selseleh and Dolfan are experiencing a faster pace. In Qom province from early to mid-July we have once again witnessed a rising number of cases,” the spokesperson added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

 

 

“They allocated a billion dollars for us. We have received less than $300 million,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Saturday. “Since we are now saying the final-year exams must be held, those who live abroad, those who are… against the Islamic republic say these exams should not be taken. If we come and say the final-year exams are cancelled, those same individuals whose accounts can be subject to action will say that we have said all along that we are against education and learning, and are nothing but dark reactionaries,” he said on state-TV in a sign of frustration.

The spokesperson for Isfahan Medical Sciences University said, “In recent days, the number of critical coronavirus patients in ICU has been increasing with a steep slope. Currently, in Isfahan province, the counties of Isfahan, Kashan, Chadgan, Khansar, Samiram, Shahreza, Falaverjan, and Fereydounshahr are in code-red conditions.” (Source: IRNA, August 12)

In Eastern Azerbaijan, the percent of occupied ICU beds has increased from 20 percent to 80 percent, the official IRNA news agency reported. IRNA quoted the dean of Tabriz Medical Sciences University as saying, “The average daily deaths of the province in the past week has been 14… I urge the entire population of the province to consider the conditions of all areas as red.” The deputy dean of the same university said, “About a quarter of coronavirus patients in Eastern Azerbaijan are hospitalized in the ICU section. Until yesterday, about 850 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in the province’s hospitals. Of this number, about 200 are in the ICU section. If the situation persists, the medical staff will be worn out and exhausted and the capacity of the hospitals will be filled.”

In Razavi Khorasan province, the head of Mashhad Medical Council reported 13 coronavirus deaths among the medical staff, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. The official added, “Presently, about 80 percent of the province’s medical staff are actively engaged in the coronavirus response… One of the problems of the medical staff is procuring protective gear. Medical centers and clinics are still faced with a shortage of medical gear. Centers that are facing problems in procuring their needed material are forced to purchase them at several times the price in the free market.”

The provincial governor of Markazi province contradicted the report of the health ministry, according to Mehr News Agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). While the health ministry had declared the situation in government offices, banks and cemeteries was improving, the governor said that government premises, banks, and fuel pods do not have a good situation.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map