Infographic: Comparing the death during Persian year of 1398 and previous years in Iran


Answering to demands from the civil society concerning deaths due to the spread of the COVID-19 in Iran, on May 7, 2020, the National Organization for Civil Registration of Iran, which is responsible for registering the birth and the death in the country, published the death figures during the Persian year of 1398 (March 2019 - March 2020) per province.
Nabz-Iran has created three charts (below) based on the data to compare the number of deaths during 1398 to the numbers from previous years.
The first chart shows the difference between the number of deaths during 1398 and the average of years 1390 to 1398 (the data for 1389 was not available). In this chart, Tehran province, where the capital Tehran is located, stands out with 6,439 deaths more than average.

The second chart shows the difference between number of deaths in the last two years of 1398 and 1397. In this chart Tehran province again stands out with 2,832 extra deaths compared to the year before. Gilan province, which also badly hit by the COVID-19, has the second highest number with 1,799 extra deaths compared to the previous year. In total, there were 15,573 more deaths in 1398 compared to the year before.

The third chart shows the difference between number of deaths during the winter of 1398 (December 21, 2019 to March 21, 2020), and winter of the year before. Again, Tehran with 2,920 and Gilan with 1,888 extra deaths stand out.

The Novel Corona virus began to spread through out Iran from early February, 2020. The official number of deaths due to the virus infection includes victims who have been positively tested. However, comparing the total number of deaths in this period with the deaths of previous years could provide a deeper insight. Though, currently available data is not detailed enough to draw accurate conclusions still a hike in the numbers, specially in badly hit provinces, could be clearly seen in the charts.

At the time of writing these lines, while the Novel Corona virus is still spreading in Iran, the Iranian government only publishes the total number of positively tested and number of deaths among positively tested patients for whole the country, and many details such as per province data, or total number of deaths since March 21, 2020 are not accessible.