The representative of the northern city of Rasht said that 30-40 coronavirus infected people died every day in Gilan Province proving local reports of at least 2,600 deaths since the beggining of the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran.
Iran’s Ministry of Health put the death toll from COVID-19 at 237 today but the National Council of Resistance said that at least 2,600 infected people had passed away across the country.
“Many people with COVID-19 symptoms have passed away in the province but since they haven’t been tested, they have not been included in the (official) figures,” the Rasht MP said.
“Cemeteries don’t have any more room and bodies are buried on top of each other,” Gholamali Jafarzadeh told the state-run Asr-e Iran website.
He also said that hospitals faced a severe shortage of ventilators, beds in ICU, masks and hospital gowns.
Jafarzadeh, who has contradicted the official figures on Iran’s COVID-19 outbreak in the past, said that they could not provide the minimum protective gear for hospital staff in Rasht in Gilan Province, one of the worst hit areas in the country’s COVID-19 outbreak.
Local reports also indicate that almost every single province in Iran is facing a crisis in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to a video published today, a doctor in Bu Ali Sina Hospital in the northwestern city of Qazvin said that around four people died in the hospital every day from COVID-19.
Other reports indicate that hospitals are overcapacity and under-equipped.
One report quoted a hospital staff worker in Gharzi Hospital in the central city of Isfahan as saying that “the hospital was overcapacity” and “patients were dying very quickly”.
According to an audio file, Sayad Shirazai Hospital in the northern city of Gorgan is overcapacity and there is no room anymore even in the hallways. The report said that patients were being transferred to other cities.
“Hospital staff don’t have suitable protection and their work is suicidal,” the report said.
A nurse in a hospital in the western province of Kermanshah said that hospital staff did not have enough masks.
“You’re only allowed two normal surgical masks for a 12-hour shift and if the masks get wet or dirty, you’re given a mask allocated to your next shift,” the nurse said.
He also said that several of his colleagues had tested COVID-19 positive.
On Twitter, Mostafa Faghihi affiliated with the state-run Entekhab website said that 130 people died every day in the capital and the northern province of Gilan from the virus and that more than 2000 people had passed away since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
He then erased the tweet saying that the figures he announced were “misunderstood”.
The IRNA state-run News Agency quoted the Head of Iran’s Nursing Organization as saying the shortage of masks, gloves and protective suits for nurses in hospitals in northern Iran were “alarming” and that nurses in that region were in danger.
The head of the Detergents and Hygiene Manufacturers Association told the state-run Shahrvand daily that manufacturers had a severe shortage of alcohol.
“It was said that 130,000 tons of alcohol would be provided to manufacturers… but until now, not even one kilogram of alcohol has been given to them.”