Iran’s coronavirus cases exceeded 1,500,000 after 7,298 tested positive for the virus from Thursday to Friday.
Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Friday that 557 new cases have been hospitalized across the country, according to IRNA.
The spokesperson put the total cases at 1,503,753. Lari added that 1,285,014 patients have so far recovered or been discharged from hospitals.
She also said that the virus claimed the lives of 58 Iranians in a 24-hour period, bringing the total death toll to 58,809.
To contain the spread of the virus, the country has imposed tough restrictions which has led to significant decrease in the number of fatalities and new cases.
Iran also begun the nationwide vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 disease with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, delivering jabs to frontline health workers in the first phase.
The vaccinations kicked off upon an order by President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday. The president assured the nation that the imported vaccines are safe and reliable.
“The people should feel confident that all the authorities trust the imported vaccines, and [as officials] we are all ready to get our shots in order to build trust,” he said.
Iran imported the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia and plans its joint production with Moscow.