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Iran coronavirus update: Over 98,900 deaths, senior officials warn of new Covid-19 wave

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 98,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK
The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken the lives of over 98,900 people throughout Iran, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 4, 2020—Over 98,900 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 Friday afternoon local time, September 4. The official death count declared by the regime stands at 22,044, around a fifth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 24,055 in Tehran, 4475 in Isfahan, 4355 in Lorestan, 2813 in Alborz, 2781 in Fars, 1297 in Semnan, 840 in Ilam, and 697 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

“Currently there are 99 cities and towns registered as red zones and 83 are in alarming conditions. The remaining cities and towns are in low danger status. There are no green areas, meaning ordinary zones, without being contaminated by Covid-19,” the spokesperson of the regime’s Health Ministry said on Friday, according to the regime’s state TV network.

Over 98,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

Over 98,900 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran

 

“I am concerned that we will witness a new coronavirus wave,” said Health Minister Saied Namaki on Thursday. “Our colleagues are tired and many of them may not be present to provide medical services. I am concerned that my colleagues will be victim to negligence by some individuals,” according to the state-run Entekhab daily.

Dr. Abbas Aghazadeh, head of the regime’s Medical Apparatus Organization, wrote an open-letter to the National Covid-19 Task Force. “The Education Minister has said ‘All schools must reopen on Saturday, September 5, with students present in person. This ‘order’ does not fit the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ‘red’ status of most areas of the country. Endangering millions of students and teachers, and their families, and meddling in the experts’ work on addressing the virus by officials not involved in health affairs, can in the least possible of time become a humane catastrophe,” the leader reads, according to a Thursday report wired by the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“In the past 24 hours, 111 new Covid-19 patients were hospitalized in [Isfahan province] hospitals. This does not include the cities of Kashan and Aran & Bidgol,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Thursday. “Currently, the total number of coronavirus patients stands at 1,091, of which 198 are in dire conditions… In the past 24 hours 14 suspicious Covid-19 patients and ten Covid-19 confirmed patients have lost their lives in our hospitals and medical centers,” he said, according to the Javan daily, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“In the past 24 hours 57 new Covid-19 patients with chronic breathing disorders have been hospitalized in provincial facilities and five have lost their lives,” said the caretaker of Qazvin Medical Sciences University on Friday. “Reopening schools and the likelihood of influenza spreading along with a new coronavirus wave is already causing grave concerns. There is a possibility that we will face a new crisis,” he added, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

 

 

“During the past two days we have once again seen a rise in the number of new cases and Covid-19 patients being hospitalized in the province,” said the deputy dean of Ilam Medical Sciences University on Friday. “Parents’ concerns (about schools re-opening) is somewhat natural because Covid-19 is far stronger than most people thought… seasonal changes and the beginning of the cold virus and influenza season will pose significant challenges in the next few months. On the other hand, the infrastructure of some schools is quite weak and school kids are among the groups that do not completely abide by health protocols,” he added, according to IRNA.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), delivered a message on the new school year in Iran.

“The new school year is beginning despite the pandemic, and while many Iranian cities are in the alarming red state and in critical circumstances. As such, the premature opening of schools and universities contradicts warnings by physicians and medical experts. In the absence of necessary resources and conditions to observe hygiene protocols, the opening of schools will pose a serious danger to millions of students in high schools and universities, and to all our fellow citizens,” Madam Rajavi explained.

“This painful situation under the rule of the religious fascism is the product of four decades of crimes perpetrated by the medieval mullahs. Instead of building adequate educational infrastructures and providing public health services and resources, they have plundered the national wealth and natural resources, and spent them all on domestic suppression, on export of war and terrorism, and on missile and nuclear programs to protect the regime.”

 

 

“As the regime’s Education Ministry acknowledged, at least three million students have had to quit school because the regime has not offered appropriate options for all students, many of whom do not have the digital equipment needed to continue their education during the pandemic,” Madam Rajavi continued.

“Students and teachers protested the ridiculous “Shad” application designed to expand the regime’s control over users in the virtual space. They said it is not possible to replace actual education with virtual education without providing the necessary infrastructures. Doing so will lead to the deprivation of a considerable number of students who do not have access to such resources from educational opportunity. Therefore, a turbulent year, coupled with deadly crises for the clerical regime looms.”

 

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map