- Mostafa Ghanei, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT), in response to Rouhani: The method of herd immunity does not work, because the residents of a community cannot be left alone to be infected. This method cannot be a strategy.
- Tehran City Council Member: We did not manage to control the virus in any area of Tehran; We have not yet been able to manage this disease, like other countries. In early May, we had nine deaths in Tehran (daily), but yesterday 101 deaths were recorded in Tehran
- Deputy chair of Pharmacists of Tehran: After the Coronavirus outbreak, not even one mask was provided to pharmacies at the Government’s list price of 800 Tomans to be offered to the people.
- President of Alborz University of Medical Sciences: We are facing a massive influx of patients to hospitals
- President of North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences: Some patients die as they reach the emergency room
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran announced on Sunday, July 19, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 346 cities across Iran had passed 73,200. The number of victims in Tehran is 18,200, Mazandaran 3,220, Gilan 3,320, East Azerbaijan 2,135, Golestan 1,885, Bushehr 775, and Central Province 770.
The spokesman for the regime’s Health Ministry said Today’s state-controlled statistics for the death toll in the past 24 hours is 209, and the number of patients at the “Intensive Care Units” is 3,556, the highest since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak. She told IRNA, Today, that the provinces of East Azerbaijan, Ilam, Bushehr, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Zanjan, Golestan, Mazandaran, Kerman, and Fars are red.
While Rouhani said yesterday that 25 million people have been infected so far and that 30 to 35 million people are at risk of contracting the virus, Mostafa Ghanei, head of the scientific committee of the NCCT, said: “There is a herd immunity hypothesis all over the world, but this has no efficiency, because the people of a community cannot be left alone to be infected. This method cannot be a strategy… In the past two weeks, the number of young and ill people has increased more than before, which has raised concerns.” Meanwhile, Babak Eshrati, vice president of Iran’s University of Medical Sciences, told Mehr news agency, Today, “Our goal in the field of health is to buy time to find a treatment and solution. In this way, hospitals can better serve the most critically ill patients.”
In Tehran, Nahid Khodakarami, a member of the city council, told Tasnim news agency, Today, “Our research shows that the mortality rate of the disease in hospitalization cases was 14.9% … We did not manage to control the virus in any area in Tehran. In the country, we have not yet been able to manage this disease, as in other countries of the world. “We had nine deaths in Tehran in mid-May, but yesterday 101 deaths were registered in Tehran, and this indicates an increasing level of infection.”
Deputy Director of Tehran Province’s Pharmaceutical Association told IRNA Today, “Since the start of Coronavirus, they have not even given a single mask at the approved price through government channels to the pharmacies so that we can provide it to the public. The Government approved the price for the mask was 800 tomans. The Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Trade is claiming that it is producing 10 million masks. But the reality is that they did not even give a single mask at the approved price through government channels to the pharmacies.”
In Alborz, the president of the Medical Sciences told IRNA Today, “As regards outpatients and hospitalizations, we are facing a heavy rush to hospitals. Last night, 815 patients suspected of being infected with Coronavirus came to medical centers. This is a very high number. But we have 615 patients hospitalized. We will have a terrible situation. The medical personnel are fatigued, and since March, they have been constantly occupied. The hospitalized wards have not yet been emptied from coronavirus patients.”
In North Khorasan Province, the acting president of the Medical Sciences University was quoted by Mehr news agency yesterday as saying, “Some those infected with the virus die as soon as they reach the emergency. On average, three to six people have lost their lives daily.”
In Khorasan Razavi Province, the deputy governor and the special governor of Torbat Heydarieh told IRNA on July 19, “Yesterday, July 18, hospitalizations for COVID18 patients broke the record of hospitals in this region. The situation continues to be dangerous.”
In Ardebil, the president of the Medical Sciences University told the Tasnim news agency on July 19, “Today, we are watching record number of death and hospitalizations in Ardebil. This speaks to the dangerous situation.”
In Ilam, the president of the Medical Sciences University said, as quoted by Asr-e Iran, July 28, “The total number of those infected with Coronavirus in the Province in July was twice the number in the past four months, from March to June.”
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
July 19, 2020