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Iran coronavirus update: Over 95,500 deaths, officials warn of deadly third wave in fall season

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 95,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 95,500 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, August 27, 2020—Over 95,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 404 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 27. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 21,137, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 6741 in Razavi Khorasan, 6414 in Khuzestan, 4623 in Mazandaran, 4535 in Qom, 4295 in Isfahan, 4072 in Lorestan, 3973 in Gilan, 3006 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 2753 in Alborz, 2283 in Kermanshah, 1522 in Kerman, 1274 in Hormozgan, 1172 in Bushehr, 909 in Zanjan, 819 in Qazvin, and 815 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 95,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 95,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“If we enter a third wave there will be a major difference this time around. Our medical society, nurses, hygiene professionals and paraphysicists are tired and over fatigued,” said Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Wednesday. He emphasized that 164 medical professionals have died and two members of the medical staff in the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) hospital in Tehran died on Wednesday, according to a report aired on state TV.

Covid-19 continues to spread frantically across the country. If we neglect this illness, the third Covid-19 wave will engulf the country with even more intensity,” said Deputy Health Minister Ghasem Jan Babaie on Wednesday, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet affiliated to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

 

 

Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Covid-19 Task Force, said on Wednesday that 5,400 people sought medical attention in the Iranian capital during the previous 24-hour period, adding 470 were hospitalized after testing Covid-19 positive. 123 of these individuals were hospitalized in ICU sections, he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

In Isfahan, the spokesperson of the local Medical Sciences University said more than 1,000 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized. “Considering the current circumstances, there is a possibility that we may return to the days of February when there were 1,500 patients hospitalized at any given time. And with the coming of the fall season we may even surpass the 1,500 mark. Serious cases and deaths have increased significantly in comparison to previous weeks,” the spokesperson said on Thursday. “From late July onward, we have had no ‘white’ cities in this province. If we continue to witness an increasing number of patients across the province, even the high capacity of Isfahan province may not have enough normal and ICU beds to respond. In the past 24 hours there have been 118 possible Covid-19 patients hospitalized in medical centers under the supervision of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University and 12 have lost their lives,” the spokesperson added, according to the Mehr and ISNA news agencies.

“Based on various research data, around 50 percent of the individuals entering ICUs end up losing their lives,” said the head of Mazandaran Medical Sciences University on Thursday. “Currently we have 624 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in medical centers associated to this university, of which 176 are in ICUs with chronic breathing disorder symptoms,” he added, according to ISNA.

“Conditions seen yesterday and today are even beyond ‘red zone’ status. It has been more than 50 days that Mazandaran province has been designated as a red zone,” said the hygiene network chief in the city of Ramsar.

In Hamedan, authorities have witnessed an alarming increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases to a point that in addition to the high number of cases on some days in June and July the daily death toll had reached 15 from this virus. “In early to mid-July the number of Covid-19 cases in Hamedan provinces nearly doubled and we were faced with an increasing trend,” said deputy dean of Hamedan Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to Mehr.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map