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Iran coronavirus update: Over 86,200 deaths, physicians warn of many deaths in fall season

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 86,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 86,200 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 10, 2020—Over 86,200 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 Monday afternoon local time, August 10. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 18,616 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 21,250 in Tehran, 6343 in Razavi Khorasan, 3793 in Isfahan, 3657 in Golan, 2590 in Alborz, 2515 in West Azerbaijan, 2367 in Golestan, 2214 in Hamedan, 1095 in Hormozgan, 1080 in Semnan, 1028 in Markazi (Central), and 1010 in Ardabil. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 86,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 86,200 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

The state-run Jahane Sanat daily has been shut down after publishing a quote from Dr. Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar, a member of the National Covid-19 Task Force saying the true number of Covid-19 cases and deaths are twenty times what is being announced by the Health Ministry.

It is worth noting that Vatane Emruz, another state-run daily, published these remarks from Mahboubfar on April 28: “The current Covid-19 numbers are twenty times what is being announced by the Health Ministry. This has resulted in people not taking this illness seriously.”

On the other hand, Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said on Sunday, “When medicine is prescribed at 100 million and 500 million rials, the poor are left in despair because they cannot afford it. This will anger will remain and one day it will burst. We should keep this in mind. It will one day hit us very hard in the face, if not today, tomorrow.”

“… it will result in protests, dissent… this will all cost us,” Harirchi said in an interview with state-run IRIB TV network. It is worth noting that ordinary workers receive 15 million rials a month.

Referring to the lies of regime president Hassan Rouhani, Moayed Alavian, member of the scientific council of Baghiatollah Medical Sciences University and a former deputy health minister said, “If we make wrong decisions… we’ll be held accountable for every casualty…. Instead of ‘setting examples for the world’ and ‘leaving the world in awe,’ how about we use their experience. One of our limitations is testing. We’re short on test kits. Didn’t we say we exported our kits to Turkey and Germany? Saying that we’re not behind the rest of the world in developing vaccines is an utter lie. We shouldn’t lie to the people. Twelve countries conducted human experiment. In the U.S., 30,000 people have taken test shots of the vaccine…. Has there been any human experiments in Iran? Why are we lying to the people that we aren’t behind the world? The people want transparency and honesty.” (Source: Shabakey-e Salamat [Health Network] TV, August 8)

In Tehran, a poll by the municipality shows that most of the people of Tehran are not optimistic about the spread of the virus being contained and their worries of contracting coronavirus has increased in August, the state-run Etemad Online website reported on August 9. “In recent days, the large number of cases and the increase in casualties has caused an increase in public concern,” Etemad Online wrote.

The dean of Isfahan Medical Sciences University said, “Not counting Kashan, Aran, and Bidgol, Isfahan has registered 860 cases in the past 24 hours. There are no white counties in the province and the condition in Isfahan city is code red.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, August 9)

The dean of Qom Medical Sciences University reported that 73 coronavirus patients have been admitted to hospitals in the past 24 hours, reported Mehr News Agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), on August 9. “In the past 24 hours, seven people who had tested positive for coronavirus lost their lives and 68 people are in critical conditions,” the dean said.

 

 

The caretaker of Ardebil Medical Sciences University said, “Six people have died in the past 24 hours. The condition of the province is code red and all the stats are rising every day.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, August 9)

In Fars province, the dean of Shiraz Medical Sciences University said that there are 954 coronavirus patients hospitalized in the province, according to Mehr News Agency. “Of these patients, 103 are in ICU and 15 have lost their lives in the past 24 hours,” the dean said.

“If end of the year exams are held and if we also hold the annual religious ceremonies this month, we should await a third Covid-19 wave,” according a piece published on Monday in the state-run Setareyeh Sobh daily. “Yesterday the Health Ministry reported a decrease in numbers while many hospitals are completely full and cannot accept new patients. In such circumstances what does it mean to play around with statistics?!... A large number of hardworking physicians who are not in any way linked to the government’s health apparatus mafia had warned earlier that if these conditions continue, we will most likely witness a high number of deaths in September,” the piece warned.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map