Iran’s Health Ministry reported 86 deaths from the coronavirus from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 56,803.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 6,016 people tested positive for the virus during the same period, putting the total number of cases at 1,330,411, according to IRNA.
She put the number of people who were admitted to hospitals across the country in the past 24 hours at 523.
The ministry’s spokeswoman said that at least 1,119,137 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far, or have been discharged from hospitals.
Iran has imposed tough restrictions across the country since November to contain the spread of the virus. The restrictions have led to a significant decline in the number of new cases and fatalities.
At the same time, the government has been trying to provide the people with reliable vaccines produced in other countries despite US sanctions, which have been the main obstacle in the way of the government purchasing the vaccines from foreign companies.
President Hassan Rouhani said several COVID-19 vaccines are currently being developed in the country, expressing hope that the most vulnerable will receive shots before the current Iranian year ends on March 20.
“We need to pursue vaccination in several phases,” Rouhani said during a meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran on Saturday, Press TV reported.
He said the first phase of the vaccine rollout should start during the winter, when “we will make every effort to begin vaccination in Iran so that those who are at risk and [frontline] health care workers will be able to receive the vaccines this year.”