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Iran coronavirus update: Over 97,900 deaths, official warns of new peak before fall season

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 97,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 97,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 1, 2020—Over 97,900 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 410 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, September 1. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 21,672, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 23,755 in Tehran, 6944 in in Razavi Khorasan, 6574 in Khuzeestan, 4756 in Mazandaran, 4400 in Isfahan, 4274 in Lorestan, 4057 in Gilan, 2862 in East Azerbaijan, 2664 in West Azerbaijan, 2522 in Hamedan, 1563 in Kerman, 929 in Zanjan, 1273 in Markazi (Central), 687 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 532 in South Khorasan. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

Over 97,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 97,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“We are forecasting a new Covid-19 peak prior to the coming of the fall season,” said Tehran Covid-19 Task Force chief Alireza Zali on Monday. “With the reopening of schools and other education centers, and an increase in traffic in the city of Tehran, there is a possibility of a rapid spread of coronavirus among families,” he added, according to the state-run Entekhab daily. Indicating that over 2,500 sought medical treatment, Zali said 24 percent of these individuals were placed in ICUs in a single day alone.

“In this period, we had a higher number of dire patients. There were more youths in comparison to the last peak. This has raised more concerns during this period and the death toll has been higher,” said the head of Khomeini Hospital in Tehran in an interview with state TV on Monday.

 

 

“The total number of Covid-19 deaths in this province has reached 947,” said the caretaker of Alborz Medical Sciences University on Tuesday. “We had 114 dire patients hospitalized in the past 24 hours,” he added, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

“Currently 350 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized in Qom, of which 68 are in dire conditions,” said the head of Qom Medical Sciences University on Monday, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“Currently, there are 193 patients with Covid-19 symptoms hospitalized in Yazd province hospitals. 61 of these individuals are receiving medical attention in ICUs,” said the spokesperson of the Yazd Medical Sciences University on Tuesday, according to Javan.

“One of the reasons the number of medical staff dying in Iran is higher than the global average is the lack of initial protection provided for these medical professionals,” said Mostafa Moein, former minister of sciences and current head of the Supreme Medical Apparatus Council. “This indicates the lack of a comprehensive national agenda and failure to prioritize the distribution of resources and safety equipment when addressing incidents, accidents and viral and microbe epidemics. Delay in defining the transfer of the novel coronavirus to the country, or denial in this regard due to various reservations… is among the other weaknesses that is worth noting and of great importance,” he added.

“The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has to this day been used to keep a lid on the society’s demands. However, this situation will not continue for a long period. Domestic threats in the post-coronavirus period will not only target the health and treatment branch, but will also show itself in other social, cultural and economic sectors. This situation is tantamount to a fire beneath the ashes that needs more awareness among our officials and those who care to prevent future incidents and dangerous events,” he concluded while criticizing the policies of regime President Hassan Rouhani.

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map