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Iran coronavirus update: Over 94,400 deaths, Tehran remains a red zone

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 94,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 94,400 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 25, 2020—Over 94,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 403 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 Tuesday afternoon local time, August 25. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 20,901, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 23,025 in Tehran, 6701 in Razavi Khorasan, 6364 in Khuzestan, 4528 in Mazandaran, 3992 in Lorestan, 2971 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2738 in Alborz, 2648 in Fars, 2620 in West Azerbaijan, 2267 in Kermanshah, 1507 in Kerman, 1264 in Hormozgan, 1179 in Yazd, 1117 in Ardabil, 899 in Zanjan, 794 in Qazvin, and 632 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 94,400 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 94,400 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran


The Covid-19 death toll continues to rise in Iran and the country is ranked as having one of highest death tolls across the globe even based on the regime’s own engineered statistics. All the while regime President Hassan Rouhani continues his preposterous remarks.

“At the beginning of [the pandemic] our enemies were seeking to implement their conspiracies and they all said the country must be shut down,” Rouhani said on Tuesday. “They wanted to plunge the country into a crisis… Three leaders of other countries told me you have set an example in Iran on how to confront the novel coronavirus while continuing your economic activities,” he continued. It is worth noting that Rouhani specifically names these “leaders” that have considered the mullahs’ methods as an example.

“I don’t know where we are exactly regarding the Covid-19 timeframe, if we are in the second half or not,” said Ali Akbar Haghdoust, head of the National Covid-19 Task Force Epidemiology Committee on Tuesday. “After China Iran was the first country that experienced many of the new developments regarding this illness and after some time other countries began witnessing this with some delay,” according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.



“In the past 24 hours there have been over 505 new patients hospitalized, of which 127 were placed in ICUs,” said Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force on Monday. “The number of those released remain lower than those being hospitalized on a daily basis. Around 390 were released during the past 24 hours. Of the total number of people who seek medical care 8.2 percent need to be hospitalized and around 25 percent of these patients need ICU treatment. Both of these statistics are quite significant. Tehran remains a red zone and in contrast to various claims about conditions changing in the capital, we have not witnessed any serious or important changes in the past few days,” he added, according to state TV.

Dr. Payam Tabarsi, the head of the infectious diseases section in Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari hospital, described the early lifting of restrictions as one of the main reasons behind the second wave of coronavirus cases, according to the state-run Hamdeli newspaper. “The medical care staff don’t have the capacity they had six months ago. They are much more vulnerable. Most of them have contracted the virus and experienced the pain first hand. Many have lost friends and don’t have their previous spirit. The healthcare system might suddenly collapse, and under the heavy pressure, the medical staff might lose their efficiency. If the current situation persists, we will have an worrying fall and winter ahead of us.”



In Mazandaran, the general manager of the coroner’s office said that 25 percent of the department’s employees have contracted the virus, reported Mehr News Agency, affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). “Many are in quarantine and others are in intensive care units,” the official said.

The dean of Mazandaran Medical Sciences University said, “After the lifting of restrictions, we experienced another spike in cases. We’re still actively engaged and many counties are in code-red conditions.” (Source: Shabakeyeh Khabar, August 24)

The head of the coronavirus academic workgroup in Western Azerbaijan said, “The number of coronavirus deaths in the province has reached 842. According to the latest stats, 318 patients are hospitalized with acute respiratory symptoms in the province’s hospitals. Of 103 patients in ICU, 18 are under ventilator support.” (Source: ISNA, August 25)

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map