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Iran coronavirus update: Over 87,900 deaths, hospitals running out of room for new patients

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 87,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 87,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 13, 2020—Over 87,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 379 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 Thursday afternoon local time, August 13. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 19,162 around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 6413 in Razavi Khorasan, 6062 in Khuzestan, 4130 in Mazandaran, 3891 in Isfahan, 3602 in Lorestan, 2776 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2620 in Alborz, 2540 in West Azerbaijan, 2531 in East Azerbaijan, 2455 in in Fars, 2444 in Golestan, 2239 in Hamedan, 1764 in Kurdistan, 1362 in North Khorasan, 1343 in Kerman, 1135 in Hormozgan, and 1066 in Markazi (Central). This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 87,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 87,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“In the provinces of West Azerbaijan, Isfahan, Qazvin, Alborz and Yazd the number of cities in red status have been increasing. Currently, there are 139 red cities across the country and 99 are in alarming conditions,” said the spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said on Thursday, according to the official IRNA news agency.

“Tehran province continues to be in red status. There is still no significant decrease in the number of those hospitalized and deaths. Around 3800 people are hospitalized due to Covid-19 of which 3200 are in ICUs. As long as these conditions are not controlled, we must implement restrictions such as working at home, cancelling the traffic plan and implementing limitations in the use of halls,” said the governor of Tehran province on Wednesday, according to IRNA.

Tehran Covid-19 Task Force chief Alireza Zali said on Thursday that restrictions will be imposed until at least August 21, adding 534 new patients were hospitalized during the past 24 hours, of which 127 were placed in ICUs, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

 

 

“We in Tehran are dealing with a complicated supercity. Inner provincial commuting is very high in Tehran and considering the fact that Tehran is the center of this commuting attention, it has become the center of Covid-19,” said Tehran City Council member Elham Fakhari on Wednesday, according to the IRGC-linked Javan daily.

Head of the Qom Medical Sciences University said the number of new cases is gradually increasing in this province. “The number of patients hospitalized is around 370 and 75 are in dire conditions. The number of ICU beds are limited, and we cannot provide more medical service to the patients,” he said on Wednesday, according to the IRGC Quds Force-linked Tasnim news agency.

“The statistics are very concerning considering the population index. The red status in Ilam province is the same in all 11 cities,” said the head of Ilam Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to Tasnim.

“The cities of Khandab, Farahan and Kamijan are added to the number of red cities in [Markazi] province. The cities of Arak, Khomein, Doleijan and Saveh remain red… Day by day we are witnessing an increase in virus spreading and conditions becoming more critical,” said the head of Arak Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to Javan.

In Northern Khorasan province, the Friday prayer leader of Raz and Jarglan county said, “An ill person in the most remote location of this county must commute three hours to take a test, and the next day he must travel the same distance to get the result of his test. The day after that, he has to make the same trip to show the result of his test to the doctor. While coronavirus is spreading, these commutes are very dangerous.” (Source: ISNA news agency, August 13).

In Southern Khorasan province, the secretary of the university staff confirmed that the coronavirus death rate has reached 5.7 percent in the country and 5.2 percent in Southern Khorasan, reported Mehr News Agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). “In Southern Khorasan, a person dies every 2-3 hours,” the official said.

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map