An Iranian health official said today that one third of the country’s healthcare workers were infected with the deadly COVID-19 virus.
“From the total 110,000 nurses currently working in hospitals, 32,000 have contracted COVID-19,” the Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Health Commission said. According to the report by the state-run Tasnim News Agency, Mohammad Pakmehr said 6,000 nurses were currently under treatment or in quarantine. He also said, 25,000 nurses had recovered.
Iranian nurses are working around the clock and many have not seen their families for months. Many nurses and health care workers have requested to leave the country just in the past few months.
Yesterday, a health official in Tehran University of Medical Sciences said hospitals were facing a “challenge” in providing oxygen to COVID-19 patients. Farshad Allameh also said all hospital beds were occupied in Tehran. According to the health official, 940 patients were in state hospitals while over 1,200 patients were in private hospitals.
Iran’s Health Ministry has put the death toll at 36,985.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran, an opposition group that accuses the regime of lying about the number of deaths, said today that well over 144,100 people, more than three times the official figures, had died in 462 cities across the country.
According to State TV, Iran has imposed a four-day ban on travel in and out of 25 cities including Tehran starting on November 1.
70% of workers without jobs due to the virus
Hadi Sadati, Vice President of the Construction Workers’ Association, told the state-run ISNA News Agency, “Only 30% of construction workers still have jobs. Many workers are unemployed and have difficulties in providing their livelihood.”
Sadati said that due to the virus, there has been a decrease in maintenance jobs, which has impacted employment.