Massoud Mardani, Member of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT): The Coronavirus wards in Pediatric Medical Center, Hazrat Ali Asghar, and Mofid hospitals, which are three large pediatric centers, are full of patients. Even the ICUs are full. (State news network, August 16)
- Governor of Tehran: I never imagined that Tehran Province would develop this volume of deficiencies and shortcomings, especially in the health sector, as well as in various development areas. At the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, hospitals in Tehran and the entire Province lacked oxygen ventilators. (Mehr news agency, August 15)
- Iraj Harirchi, Regime Deputy Health Minister: After the reopening, the disease outbreak has peaked. Due to economic pressures, the government was forced to reopen (businesses, etc.). We are very worried about Mazandaran Province, given the high number of infections and deaths. We are also concerned about Tehran, Khorasan Razavi, and Kerman, both in terms of infection and mortality. (Mehr News Agency, August 15)
- President of Alborz University of Medical Sciences: In the past 24 hours, 11 people have died in this Province, and the number of critically ill patients has reached 115. (ILNA, August 16)
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) announced on Sunday, August 16, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 392 cities across Iran had passed 89,600. The number of victims in Tehran is 21,985, Khorasan Razavi 6,475, Khuzestan 6,190, Mazandaran 4,245, Lorestan 3,682, East Azerbaijan 2,566, Golestan 2,525, Hamedan 2,254, Kermanshah 2,170, North Khorasan 1,427, Semnan 1,122, Central Province 1,101, Ardabil 1,053, Yazd 1,040Qazvin 751, and South Khorasan 464.
Massoud Mardani, a member of NCCT, speaking to the State TV, today, said, “The power of virus transmission from one person to another has increased three to nine times … Anyone who suffers from acute fever is infected with Coronavirus and should be treated as such until proven wrong … Until two or three weeks ago, patients who came from Ahvaz were hospitalized for abdominal pain. Later, we realized it was Coronavirus. We thought that this disease does not affect children. Now, if one goes to the pediatrics Medical Center, Hazrat Ali Asghar, and Mofid Hospitals, which are three large pediatric centers, their Coronavirus wards are full to capacity, and even their ICU wards are full.” (State news network, August 16).
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 16, 2020