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Iran coronavirus update: Over 83,200 deaths, official warns of “horrific” number of new deaths

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 83,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 83,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 5, 2020—Over 83,200 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 353 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 Wednesday afternoon local time, August 5. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 17,802 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The death toll in various provinces include: 6,203 in Razavi Khorasan, 5,757 in Khuzestan, 3,881 in Mazandaran, 3,375 in Lorestan, 2,581 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2,463 in West Azerbaijan, 2,250 in Fars, 2,242 in Golestan, 2,149 in Hamedan, 1,665 in Kurdistan, 1,040 in Hormozgan, 978 in Markazi (Central), 975 in Bushehr, 969 in Ardabil, 920 in Hamedan, 780 in Zanjan, 655 in Ilam, 542 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 361 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 83,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 83,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“The index of coronavirus patients entering hospitals has changed and the number of acute patients in need of ICU has increased. As a result, we are facing a shortage of ICU beds across the country,” said Alireza Salimi, deputy chief of the regime’s Medical Council on Wednesday. “We are in very difficult circumstances, facing decisions to empty ICU beds and choose new patients. One of the shortages that is currently very serious is the shortage of staff in the ICU sections. The current staff is tired and overly fatigued. This lowers their bodies’ immune system and increases the possibility of them being contaminated with the illness. The individuals working in ICUs are being contaminated at three times the rate of ordinary people. Those who get ill may show a negative Covid-19 test after a period of 14 days. However, it will take months before they can return to their normal status and be able to work again. The issue of fatigue among the medical staff is serious. Officials need to discuss this and make decisions,” he added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency. “Another issue is that our medical staff have seen their paychecks being delayed for months now,” Salimi emphasized, adding eight anesthesia specialists have lost their lives so far.

“Around six thousand members of the medical staff in Tehran have been contaminated with Covid-19 and more than 150 have lost their lives,” Salimi continued, according to the semi-official ILNA news agency.

“If we have more gatherings there will be a horrific killing spree. All our experts, professors and medical activists believe that gatherings must come to an end,” said the head of the physicians’ team in Tehran’s Khomeini Hospital on Wednesday, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“During the past week, districts 4, 14, and 15, respectively, we have had the highest number of deaths in Tehran. Furthermore, in District 22 the number of new cases and deaths rose significantly in comparison to last week,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday. “Around 170 cities in Iran are considered red zones… Considering the fact that end of the year exams are scheduled for next week, we are asking for an extension of all the restrictions imposed in Tehran into next week,” he added, according to the official IRNA news agency.

 

 

The dean of Arak Medical Sciences University, Markazi province, said, “Six months into the coronavirus outbreak, instead of a downturn in the number of cases, dangerous cities are becoming more numerous every day, which results in more pressure on the medical staff of Markazi province. We’re not forecasting good conditions for the next weeks, and if the situation persists, we’ll be headed for very critical days, and unfortunately, we have to await terrible days.” (Source: ISNA, August 5)

In Kerman province, the head of Rafsanjan’s Ali ibn Abi Taleb hospital said, “Due to the increase in the number of hospitalized patients, more than 48 nurses, a number of guards, service, education, and residence staff and other workers and the hospital, which total 70 people, have contracted Covid-19.” (Source: ISNA, August 4)

In Mazandaran, there’s no prospect of the spread of the virus stopping and the province is in code-red conditions, ISNA news agency reported.  According to experts, the situation can become much more dangerous as the cold season approaches.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the medical staff across Iran and reiterated that had it not been for their sacrifices, the number of coronavirus victims would have been much greater. Mrs. Rajavi also stressed that while the country struggles with the pandemic, the regime continues to spend the nation’s wealth on anti-national projects such as atomic weapons, ballistic missiles, and warmongering in the Middle East region, and refrains from paying the wages of nurses.

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map