COVID-19 seems unstoppable in Iran. According to head of Infectious Disease ward in Masih Daneshvari Hospital in Tehran, the novel coronavirus Iran is grappling with is of European origin and it has muted to be mire virulent. Dr Tabarsi reiterated that hospitals are struggling with the shortage of staff and equipment. He said the situation has gotten worse and he’s not optimistic about future days, especially with the winter coming.
Dr Zali, head of Tehran Corona Combating Committee, demanding the National Task Force to lockdown Tehran for 2 weeks for the sake of healthcare staff to breathe! He added, coronavirus is ravaging Tehran strongly. According to him, the authorization delays and bureaucracy in deciding about vital protocols are one of the main issues in combating the virus. He also complained about loose enforcement of the plans! An official at Tehran Medical University said COVID-19 continues to be at the peak and “we have problems providing oxygen to all patients.” He also confirmed our reports that all beds allocated to COVID-19 patients have been filled and all extra ones keep getting occupied within a day!
In the meantime, the undercounted and discredited data by Ministry of Health was announced by Sima Sadat Lari. According to her, in the past 24 hours, 8,452 have tested positive for coronavirus and 419 have died of the disease. The entire country remains critical and despite Fars officials calling the province “red”, the Spokesperson categorized it as “alarming.” Testing remains in the same 35-36000 range with average positivity rate of 23% in the past 7 days!
Critical cases keep rising while officials admit the cases are more severe compared to the previous waves. Health experts say more cases are among the families and warn it would worsen with people indoor during cold weather ahead! Basic Reproduction Rate (R0) continues to rise while graphs depict the uptrend of active cases.
Total: 646,164 (+8,452)
Dead: 36,579 (+419)
Critical: 5,426 (+111)
Admitted: 109,185 (+3,106)
Tests: 5,073,034 (6.2% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
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