- Tehran’s Governor: There is no hope for stability and reduction of the COVID-19 infections, and a bustling Tehran these days bears the danger of facing another peak next week. (IRNA, December 15, 2020)
- Alireza Zali, head of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT): “To import vaccines, more coordination at higher levels is needed. Competition has developed between countries, and we must be more agile.” (Hamshahri daily, December 15, 2020)
- Question from a regime’s parliament deputy to the Health Minister: What is the reason for the high Coronavirus death toll in Iran compared to other countries? Is the unusual difference in last spring and summer’s death toll in our country compared to the same period in 2019 and 2018 related to COVID-19 or not? (State-run Student News Network, December 15, 2020)
- Director of Nursing at Health Ministry: We have recruited about 10,000 people since last year, but it still does not meet our staff shortage. So far, more than 45,000 nurses have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. (Iran Online, December 15, 2020)
- Mazandaran and Babol Universities of Medical Sciences: The number of patients is increasing in an upward slope. 974 patients are hospitalized, and 198 are in ICU. (Javan news site, December 15, 2020)
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 470 cities had exceeded 185,500. The number of victims in Tehran is 45,621, Khorasan Razavi 12,805, Isfahan 10,850, Khuzestan 9,505, Lorestan 7,500, East Azerbaijan 7,262, West Azerbaijan 6,993, Gilan 6,566, Fars 5,562, Alborz 4,910, Golestan 4,607, Kerman 3,929, Kermanshah 3,926, Semnan 2,784, Ardabil 2,252, Ilam 1,920, Zanjan 1,912, and Bushehr 1,874.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
December 15, 2020