Iran’s Health Ministry reported 75 deaths from the coronavirus from Thursday to Friday, bringing the total death toll to 57,225.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 6,305 people tested positive for the virus during the same period, putting the total number of cases at 1,360,852, IRNA reported.
She also put the number of people who were admitted to hospitals across the country in the 24-hour period at 589.
The ministry’s spokeswoman said that at least 1,151,676 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far, or have been discharged from hospitals.
Lari added that 4,134 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition and under treatment in intensive care units in hospitals.
She said the coronavirus situation in the country is fragile, calling for people’s cooperation in preventing a new wave of outbreak in the country.
Since November, Iran has imposed tough restrictions across the country to stem the spread of the virus. The restrictions have led to a significant decline in the number of new cases and fatalities.
The country plans to start the coronavirus vaccination in the coming weeks.
In a televised interview on Wednesday, Iran’s Health Minister Saeid Namaki expressed hope that the country would start coronavirus vaccinations before February 10. However, he emphasized that the ministry will not start the vaccination until it can bring the safest and most reliable vaccine into the country.
President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that his government was doing its best to roll out a mass vaccination in two months, with priority given to medical workers and high-risk individuals.
Iran is under illegal sanctions imposed by the United States, which have hampered its access to medical equipment and pharmaceuticals and have complicated the process of importing vaccines from other countries.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the country in February, the country has been trying to produce a vaccine for the treatment of coronavirus patients while doing its utmost to also import reliable vaccines from other countries.