According to spokesperson of Iran's Ministry of Health Sima Sadat Lari, 2,079 new positive cases were identified in the past 24 hours in Iran, 995 of whom have been hospitalized, IRNA reported.
She noted that a total of 250,458 Iranians have so far been confirmed infected with coronavirus while 212,176 of them have been recovered and were discharged from hospital.
Another 3,324 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition and being treated in intensive care units, the spokeswoman said.
She added that 1,897,803 tests have so far been carried out in Iran.
Earlier in the day, Chancellor of Iran University of Medical Sciences Jalil Kouhpayeh-Zaddeh announced that initial laboratory phase of Iran’s coronavirus vaccine has been performed and the country will begin human testing of homegrown COVID-19 vaccine within two months, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
The official noted out of 10 research groups working to find a vaccine for the fatal disease, “two groups have succeeded to find more acceptable results.”
Khoupayeh-Zadeh added the vaccine’s mass-production will start hence its primary steps complete successfully.
He predicted it is possible to produce types of the vaccine by fall or early winter which will be suitable to be even introduced to the international markets.
The mounting number of victims of COVID-19 in Iran has forced Iranian authorities to intensify protective measures to control the spread of the disease.
On July 4, President Hassan Rouhani launched new measures to try to curb the renewed spread of the fatal disease. Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, he said.