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Iran coronavirus update: Over 82,000 deaths, hospitals and cemeteries are packed

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 82,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 82,000 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 3, 2020—Over 82,000 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 Monday afternoon local time, August 3. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 17,405 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 4,295 in Qom, 3,825 in Mazandaran, 3,465in Gilan, 3,285 in Lorestan, 2,561 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2,447 in West Azerbaijan, 2,395 in East Azerbaijan, 2,200 in Fars, 2,187 in Golestan, 1,650 in Kurdistan, 1,020 in Hormozgan, 952 in Ardabil, and 925 in Markazi (Central). This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 82,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 82,000 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Iranian regime Health Minister Saied Namaki was summoned to the Majlis (parliament) on Sunday and sought to relieve himself of any responsibility regarding the novel coronavirus crisis. “When the daily death toll was around 30, I wrote to the [Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ] and informed him about triple digit death tolls in the coming weeks and months. Forecasts indicate that in the fall there is a more than 80 percent possibility of influenza cases coinciding with Covid-19,” he said, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“Currently the situation in Iran is far worse than February and March. All the hospitals are filled with Covid-19 patients and our medical staff are tired,” said Masoud Mardani, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force. “There was a coronavirus chromosomic escalation from the middle of May. The virus began transferring among people at rates three to nine times higher than before,” he said on Sunday, according to the Asr-e Iran daily.

Babak Negahdari, an advisor to Majlis speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, expressed grave concerns over revelations about the true Covid-19 proportions in Iran. “These, in addition to the despised coronavirus, we are also dealing with the ‘Tirana’ virus. Each morning they are sitting behind their computers in the capital of Albania and attack social media platforms with an army of lies and distortions,” he said on Sunday, according to Fars.

 

 

Javan daily quoted the deputy of the Coronavirus Task Force in Tehran as saying, “All public, semi-public, private and charity hospitals are currently engaged in the coronavirus response. Some private hospitals, such as Isar hospital, only admit coronavirus patients. In Tehran, half of all ICU beds for adults have been allocated to coronavirus patients. Two-thirds of coronavirus patients are hospitalized in the regular section and one-third are in ICU.”

According to Javan, the head of Yaft Abad hospital stressed that the facility’s beds have been filled for more than a month and half and said: “Every day, we have 15 patients in ICU who are waiting to be hospitalized.”

According to Fars News Agency, the head of Pakdasht Zaeem hospital described the growth of coronavirus cases as “unbridled” and said, “By shutting down the operations section and allocating the ICU section and 70 percent of the emergency section to coronavirus patients, nearly 80 percent of the hospital’s capacity is occupied by coronavirus patients.”

According to physician reports, from mid-June to August, Tehran’s Khomeini hospital has hospitalized 1,500 coronavirus patients, 310 of whom have died. In Tehran’s Fayyaz hospital, the number of coronavirus deaths in the past few weeks has reached 110. The medical staff are very tired and worn out, but they can’t take breaks due to the number of patients and the regime’s refusal to hire new staff. In Tehran’s Amir al-Momenin hospital, all sections of the facility are filled with coronavirus patients. Fifty-seven of the hospital’s 250 medical staff have contracted coronavirus and some have died. For every nurse, there are at least three coronavirus patients in the ICU section. The medical staff are upset. Despite working extra hours, they have received no salary bonus and their ordinary paychecks are delayed.

According to reports from the medical staff in Dezful’s Ganjavian hospital, in the last week of July, 40 people have died of coronavirus in the facility. The total number of deaths in this hospital since the beginning of the outbreak has reached 450.

 

 

In Shiraz, physician reports indicate that during the past 20 days there have been 15 to 20 Covid-19 deaths each day and the total number of is at least 350. This includes those whose coronavirus tests were confirmed positive. These stats double if we take into consideration those who died with coronavirus symptoms.

The city’s cemetery is facing a major crisis and the workers are on double shifts. Other cities of Fars province, such as Kazeruna, Jahrom, Darab and Fasa are also reportedly to be very dire and the coronavirus death tolls are very high and are not tallied in the Shiraz statistics. Many of the locals die before ever reaching the hospital. In the villages many of the Covid-19 deaths are being buried in their own backyards or distant cemeteries, and their statistics are not registered anywhere.

“The number of patients hospitalized in Modares Hospital are 14 times more than the past,” said the governor of the city of Kashmar in Razavi Khuzestan province, northeast Iran.

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map