Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 8, 2020—Over 84,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 373 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 8. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 18,264 around a fifth of the actual figure.
The death toll in various provinces include: 21,000 in Tehran, 6,288 in Razavi Khorasan, 2,450 in East Azerbaijan, 2,365 in Fars, 1,715 in Kurdistan, 1,281 in Kerman, 1,088 in Hormozgan, 1,065 in Semnan, 455 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed, and 410 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.
Over 84,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
While the mullahs’ regime is going the distance through different measures to hold religious ceremonies despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a group of physicians have written a letter to “religious scholars and centers” emphasizing that 200 medical professionals have lost their lives to this day and the number of victims in the new Covid-19 wave will be far more than the first.
“Holding any gatherings, including religious ceremonies in public and donating food during these rituals will most definitely increase the number of cases and deaths among our compatriots. No supervising entity has the ability to guarantee that millions of mourners will abide by health protocols. If permissions are granted, guaranteeing that hundreds of thousands of mourning gatherings across the country will not be crowded or not held in closed buildings is impossible. In such circumstances, there is a grave risk of the illness spreading even if mourners use masks and aide by social distancing regulations,” the letter reads in part, according to a report wired by the semi-official ISNA news agency on Saturday.
In Ilam province, spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said on Saturday, “From mid-May we have been witnessing a new increase in the number of cases in Ilam in a way that in early July the number of daily new cases and those hospitalized reached its highest since the beginning of the pandemic.”
“The number of new cases and those hospitalized in some cities such as Ilam, Mehran, Dehloran, Abdanan and Dareshahr are more than others,” she added, according to the official IRIB TV network.
“The rise in Covid-19 cases in July has not decreased in this province, said the Ilam governor on Saturday. The number of coronavirus cases in this province during the past 45 days have increased by 360 percent and the number of deaths by 220 in the past four months,” according to the regime’s officials IRNA news agency.
The caretaker of Ardebil Medical Sciences University said, “In the past three weeks, Ardebil has had the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the past five months. Since last week, we have been placed in the list of code-red provinces. Presently there are 350 [coronavirus] patients hospitalized in the province’s treatment centers, and 67 of them are in critical conditions.” (Source: IRNA, August 8)
The dean of Hormozgan Medical Sciences University confirmed that 90 percent of ICU beds in Bandar Abbas are occupied by coronavirus patients, Asr-e Iran website reported on August 8.
In Fars province, the dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University declared that 904 patients with coronavirus symptoms are hospitalized in the province’s medical centers, reported Fars News Agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). “Of these patients, 107 are in ICU due to their critical conditions…. In the past 24 hours, 11 people died [of Covid-19] in the province,” the dean added.
The dean of Qom Medical Sciences University reported eight coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Young Journalists Club, affiliated with the IRGC. “We have 355 patients with coronavirus symptoms hospitalized in Qom’s hospitals, and 70 of them are in critical conditions,” the dean added.
Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map