Over 160 physicians and nurses have died due to COVID-19; some 30,000 nurses in Iran infected
The spread of Coronavirus in Iran is hitting new highs and some cities are in “black state.” According to the sources of the Iranian Resistance, the COVID-19 death toll in Iran exceeded 146,500 by the evening of Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Since October 30, between 1,000 and 1,200 persons have died due to Coronavirus in Iran.
Physicians, nurses, and healthcare workers who are in the frontline of the fight against the virus, are also among the dead.
Two female physicians lost their lives last week due to COVID-19 infection. They were Afsaneh Hassanvand Amouzad and Mandana Mousavi.
Also a number of nurses have also died after being infected. They included Zahra Mousavi Arfa who died in Hamadan Province on November 4; Fatemeh Shafii Moghaddam who died in Alborz Province on October 28; Parvin Kayvan who died in the city of Dezful on October 25; Maryam Sharafkhah, mother of two, who died in Qazvin Province on October 18; and Mahboubeh Khodaverdi, 25, who died in Tehran.
The news of their deaths were reported by social media and the press.
30,000 nurses infected with COVID-19
Alireza Zali, head of the Taskforce to Combat the Coronavirus in Tehran, said on October 24 that some 30,000 nurses in Iran have been infected with COVID-19.
On October 31, Mohammad Sharifi Moghaddam, head of Iran’s Nurse House, said the number of nurses in Iran is insufficient. He said some 60 nurses had died so far because of coronavirus infection. Another 6,000 nurses are on medical leave. He said many nurses are not able to return to work because of the virus’s impact on their lungs and other organs. (The state-run ILNA news agency – October 31, 2020)
A member of the National Taskforce to Combat Coronavirus put the number physicians and nurses who died as a result of COVID-19 at 164. (The state-run Mehr news agency – September 23, 2020)
Given the clerical regime’s lack of transparency in its public announcements, these figures must be considered to be the minimum. Work pressure is excruciating for nurses. An Emergency Room nurse in Tehran said their work shifts are 12 hours. Some nurses work on 24-hour shifts. (The state-run Mizan news agency – November 5, 2020)