Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 14, 2020—Over 88,400 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 Friday afternoon local time, August 14. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 19,331 around a fifth of the actual figure.
The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 21,735 in Tehran, 6102 in Khuzestan, 4180 in Mazandaran, 2494 in Fars, 2484 in Golestan, 2155 in Kermanshah, 1148 in Hormozgan, 107 in Semnan, 1091 in Markazi (Central), 1040 in Ardabil, and 710 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.
Over 88,400 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran
“Currently this question is circling among the members of Majlis (parliament) about how the president’s presence in the Majis, with all its health protocols and a crowd smaller than college entrance exams, and with a larger space, will have him being infected with Covid-19, yet college entrance exam volunteers, despite the fact that health protocols are not abided by, must be present in their classes,” asked Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, a member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis presidium on Thursday. “The president’s office must answer to these questions and why do they play with the thoughts and minds of the people’s loved ones,” according to the Majlis website.
Prior to this, Mahmoud Vaezi, chief of staff of regime President Hassan Rouhani, issued a letter to the Majlis saying that “based on the recommendations of the National Covid-19 Task Force, Rouhani should not participate in the Majlis vote of confidence session for his minister candidate because he might catch the novel coronavirus.”
This was a “strategic mistake that in the past few months we solely blamed the people for the spread of Covid-19. Hasty measures in reopening the economy can lead public opinion into thinking that the illness has silenced,” said Tehran Covid-19 Task Force chief Alireza Zali on Friday. “The problems and damages caused by Covid-19 has been far worse than the first days of this illness. Coronavirus will continue and if we do not have a realistic viewpoint we will lose the public’s trust,” he added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet affiliated to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).
Reza Jalili Khosnood, a member of Tehran Coronavirus Task Force, said, “Most hospitals are completely engaged with this disease at full capacity. Recently, most coronavirus patients are coming in hospitals with critical health conditions.” (Source: Shafaqna website, August 14)
In Fars province, the hygiene deputy of Shiraz Medical Sciences University confirmed 19 coronavirus deaths on August 13, according to Fars News Agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). “According to the latest statistics, 956 patients are hospitalized and 106 are in ICU,” the official said.
The spokesperson for the health ministry in Markazi province expressed concern about the resurgence of coronavirus spread in the province since the beginning of June, according to the official IRNA news agency. “Currently seven counties of Arak, Khomein, Khandab, Delijan, Saveh, Farahan, and Kamijan are in code-red conditions and the county of Shazand and Mahalat are in alarming conditions,” the spokesperson said.
In Isfahan province, the head of Shahreza health center said, “The number of medical staff who have contracted coronavirus in July is the equivalent of the previous four months of the outbreak. All hospitals and treatment centers are faced with a shortage of medical staff.” (Source: Javan Daily, August 13)
The head of public relations at Hormozgan Medical Sciences University confirmed six coronavirus deaths on Friday, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. “The number of deaths [in Hormozgan] has reached 624. Currently, 296 coronavirus patients are hospitalized in the province’s hospitals, of whom 62 are in ICU and 29 are in critical conditions,” the official said.
The dean of Qazvin Medical Sciences University said, “The number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals has reached 287. Sixty-eight of them are in ICU, and 29 are under ventilator support. In the ICU section, eight people are waiting for their turn to receive ventilator support.” (Source: Mehr News Agency, August 14)
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