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Iran coronavirus update: Over 176,500 deaths, epidemic expands despite quarantine measures

Iran coronavirus update: Over 176,500 deaths, epidemic expands despite quarantine measures

Iran, December 4, 2020—Over 176,500 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 465 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, as of Friday afternoon local time, December 4. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 49,695, nearly a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 43,611 in Tehran, 12,370 in Razavi Khorasan, 10,155 in Isfahan, 7185 in Lorestan, 7020 in Qom, 6978 in East Azerbaijan, 6580 in West Azerbaijan, 5127 in Fars, 4715 in Alborz, 4446 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 3604 in Kerman, 3771 in Kermanshah, 3081 in Kurdistan, 2057 in Ardabil, 1819 in Bushehr, 1797 in Zanjan, 1807 in Qazvin, and 1370 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

“In the past 24 hours, 45 Covid-19 patients have lost their lives. What has yet to decrease is the number of dire patients that remain above the 370 mark. There has not been much change here and the death rate remains similar to the past few weeks,” said the spokesperson of the Isfahan Medical Sciences University on Thursday. “We still do not have adequate circumstances and the status quo has become even more critical. If restrictions are to be lifted and we return to the normal circumstances witnessed back in March and April, conditions will become even more critical than they are now. We are a long distance away from calm and peace in our medical system and from announcing adequate conditions,” the official added, according to the Fars news agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

“During the past 24 hours we have lost 28 patients to coronavirus in Fars province and the total death toll here has reached 2589,” said the director of public relations at Fars Medical Sciences University on Thursday. “Currently we have 1850 patients hospitalized, of which 319 are in ICUs,” the official added, according to the Mehr news agency, an outlet linked to the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

“The expansion of this virus has increased in our province and the number of new daily cases double the country’s average,” said the dean of Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmed Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to the IRGC-linked Tasnim news agency.

“Despite the imposed restrictions and an increase in Covid-19 limitations in our province, the status quo of the coronavirus transmission remains red and alarming,” said the dean of Ardabil Medical Sciences University on Friday. “The high number of people being hospitalized on a daily basis indicates that the Covid-19 transmission chain has not been broken or even decreased in our province. The conditions ahead of us are very concerning,” the official added, according to the Mehr news agency.

“The fact that red zones [in Mazandaran province, northern Iran] have increased from three to six, and this coming 12 days after heavy quarantine measures adopted by the National Covid-19 Task Force, raise questions in people’s minds and even among senior officials and those in our red cities,” according to a Thursday report wired by the regime’s official IRNA news agency.

“Hospitals in [Markazi] province are in urgent need of nine oxygen devices and tanks, along with supplementary equipment to provide medical care for coronavirus patients. Oxygen therapy for Covid-19 patients is key in the treatment process and the shortage in oxygen devices is considered a catastrophe for our medical apparatus,” said the deputy dean of Markazi Medical Sciences University on Friday, according to IRNA.

“Covid-19 continues to spread in Zanjan province. Since the beginning of this pandemic more than 1,000 medical staff members of our provinces have contracted coronavirus,” said the dean of Zanjan Medical Sciences University on Thursday, according to the Mehr news agency.