Ahvaz is on the verge of becoming “black” while hospitals are at full capacity and COVID-19 patients continue to rise. According to officials, number of cases has doubled over night! The new UK variant of coronavirus has gotten more momentum as it spreads through the country. Khuzestan officials are still waiting for National Task Force to implement quarantine for the province, as the previous request was rejected by Tehran on Saturday. According to health officials in Ahvaz, the incubation period for the mutated version of coronavirus is 24 hours while it was 14 days for the Wuhan version.
Yazd reports increasing number of cases while Mashhad, the second biggest city in Iran, reports the first confirmed case of UK variant in Khorasan Razavi! Dr Lotfi of Shiraz Medical University announced 3 confirmed cases of the new variant were found in a family in Fars province. He reported they all feel well today. He added, the positivity rate for coronavirus is 28% in Fars. Kohgiloyeh-Boyerahmad warns people struck by the 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Sisakht days ago, may be at higher risk of contracting the virus, especially since there are people coming from other provinces to help! Officials confirm a steep uptrend in the province.
Saeed Namaki received some criticism after calling himself “director general of morgue,” as some inferred it as an insult to morticians.
Meanwhile, healthcare staff, especially nurses are not supported by the government. Shortage of staff and continuous COVID-19 crisis in Iran, have made nurses to work long shifts with little to no leave. Pregnant nurses have been no exception. After the death of Mahshid Goudarz 10 days ago, a nurse who delivered her baby just hours before her death due to COVID-19, healthcare officials were criticized for making pregnant nurses and staff work. Today, Faranak Davoudi died of COVID-19 after delivering her premature baby, in Madani hospital in Karaj, Alborz.
Ministry of Health Spokespersoan presented her daily undercounted data despite officials admitting they were at least 3-4 times higher. The manipulated figures show 91 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours in Iran while 8,330 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Testing remains at 57,000 mark, far away from 100,000 daily tests promised by Islamic Republic officials. Active cases continue to soar as seen on the graphs. Clinical cases have increased too.
Total: 1,590,605 (+8,330)
Dead: 59,663 (+91)
Critical: 3,696 (+11)
Admitted: 172,401 (+1,088)
Tests: 10,559,096 (12.7% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
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