Local reports from Iran indicate that underequipped and overcapacity hospitals have a hard time admitting new patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.
The Iranian regime put the number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus at 107 today with 3,513 infections.
But according to local reports, the real numbers are much higher as is evident from the alarming conditions in hospitals.
The National Council of Resistance said today that the number of fatalities exceeded 1,500 and that just in one hospital in the northern city of Rasht, 700 people had died since the start of the crisis.
Zanjan, northwestern Iran: Eyewitness reports indicate that until Wednesday, at least 4 people infected with COVID-19 were buried in a cemetery in Zanjan. Another body infected with the virus was transferred to Sarmesakhlu Village.
Tehran: Milad Hospital lacks disinfectants and necessary facilities for COVID-19 patients which has led to the infection of at least six doctors and nurses in the hospital. Other hospitals have the same condition.
Mashhad: Shariati Hospital has reached its full capacity and only admits patients suffering from severe respiratory and lung related problems. They tell other people to stay at home. Eight people suffering from COVID-19 passed away on Tuesday night in the hospital.
A healthcare worker in Shariati Hospital said 14 COVID-19 patients passed away in the last two days in the hospital.
According to an audio file of a meeting of doctors in Razi Hospital in the northern city of Rasht, which is among the worst hit areas in Iran, 28 people infected with COVID-19 passed away in the hospital in one morning.
One of the doctors heard speaking on the audio file says 25 patients were hospitalized every day and that out of the hospital’s 12 wards, 11 were filled with COVID-19 patients. This means that around 170 people were currently in the hospital.
Around 130 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Rasht’s Social Security Hospital while around 40 suspected COVID-19 patients were in private hospitals.
According to the representative of the Ministry of Health in the province of Gilan, hospitals were “witnessing painful days”. Shadnoush said that some families had lost several of their loved ones and called COVID-19, “cruel”.
Dr. Massoud Mardani, a member of Iran’s National Influenza Committee, told state-run media that according to their estimates, “30 to 40 percent of Tehran’s population would be infected with COVID-19 by March 20”.
Despite this, official media announced that Tehran’s working hours would return to normal for office workers.
In Qom, the epicenter of the outbreak, Saturday’s closure of offices and banks that was announced just hours before was canceled and working hours returned to normal.
Locals across Iran still report a severe shortage of masks, disposable gloves and disinfectants including rubbing alcohol.
Almost every day, state-run media report the seizure of hoarded gloves and masks by the police, but locals say these basic items are not given to local drug stores for public use.