2,598 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 215 deaths were announced by Sima Sadat Lari, Ministry of Health Spokesperson. 26 provinces remain in critical condition with 14 in “red” and 12 in “alarming” status! While yesterday she said Lorestan had a sharp uptrend in cases, today she downgraded it to “alarming” from “red”! Hormozgan, Ilam and Khuzestan are also moved to “alarming”. On the other hand, Markazi, Yazd and Gilan joined the “red” list.
A deputy at Tehran Medical University announced opening “online corona clinics” after more than 165 days of crisis in the country! At the same time, he warned about the third wave of COVID-19 and asked the officials to troubleshoot the shortcomings and be prepared for the next wave! He pointed out problems such as less cooperation by people, shortage of ventilators, exhausted healthcare staff,… which must be studied and figured out before the next wave.
While Yazd is in red status and many people involved in “mourning gatherings” are donating the cost of their gatherings to the families in need instead of holding the ceremonies, calling it “Hossein Senses” instead of “Hossein Lust”, Khamenei’s representative in the city of Yazd said this is “enemies’ plan” to substitute “mourning ceremonies”! “We will not close them down.” Islamic Republic officials have been focused for weeks on how to hold Moharram gatherings while it is impossible to follow social distancing during those ceremonies as Saeed Namaki admitted and showed by a sample video.
Mazandaran, Golestan and Gilan are once more in the center of the epidemic along side Tehran and Qom! Islamic Republic has made nothing right in about 6 months of the crisis, Iran is back to square one. Basic Reproduction Rate (R0) and graphs show how this crisis has never slowed down in the country.
Total: 312,035 (+2,598)
Dead: 17,405 (+215)
Critical: 4,104 (+15)
Admitted: 24,402 (+257)