Ministry of Health has released the updated list of “red and orange” cities, including 51 counties across the country. East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, Isfahan, Ilam, Bushehr, Tehran, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, Fars, Kurdistan, Lorestan, Markazi, Hormozgan, Hamedan, Yazd, Kohgiloyeh-Boyerahmad, have at least 1 county on the list. That’s a significant increase from last month, when Islamic Republic officials stopped providing the names for about 10 days! Of course, Deputy Health Minister Harirchi blamed people for increasing in number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across Iran leading to increasing number of high risk areas!
16 of 31 provinces are on the list of high risk areas for coronavirus, while other 15 have shown warning signs of increasing cases. Qazvin, Zanjan, Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan are just a few of those. Zanjan officials already announced Abhar has turned “orange” from “yellow.” Tehran Corona Combating Committee reports 15% rise in hospitalizations in the past 24 hours from the day before! He added, 404 were admitted in the past 24 hours, with 80 (19.8%) needing ICU bed. Dr. Zali announced 2,224 are currently admitted in Tehran hospitals, a 3.6% increase from the day before. He predicted it’s unlikely there would be a decline in numbers in the next month!
In the meantime, Hormozgan’s UK variant coronavirus situation is deteriorating by the day. According to officials, 63 new cases are identified, bringing the total in province to 270! The Medical University reported 89 hospitalized patients with 24 (27%) in ICUs across the province. Officials warn Hormozgan could be the next Khuzestan.
Despite officials admitting the real number of cases and deaths are at least 3 times higher than what Ministry of Health reports every day, Ministry’s Spokesperson continues to present her daily manipulated number. Sima Sadat Lari claimed 73 died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Iran while 7,260 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. However, every day less and less PCR tests are performed, creating the illusion that number of cases are decreasing and everything is “under control.” That is in line with Khamenei’s today speech and other officials claiming despite “cruel sanctions” Islamic Republic has emerged victorious in managing the coronavirus crisis in Iran. Critical and active cases continue to rise, forming the next uptrend as seen on the graphs.
Total: 1,801,065 (+7,260)
Dead: 61,797 (+73)
Critical: 3,858 (+9)
Tests: 12,160,554 (14.6% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
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