1128 GMT April 21, 2021
Iranian Health Minister Saeid Namaki expressed hope that the country would complete vaccination of high-risk and vulnerable groups against the coronavirus by March 20, 2021.
Speaking on Wednesday, he added 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were imported a few days ago, noting that the country will receive another 1.2 million doses by March 20, IRNA reported.
Warning the country’s people against the mutated strains of the virus, the minister said they should take the new variants very seriously as they are very dangerous.
Coronavirus tests, casualties
In an address to a press conference on Wednesday, the Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat-Lari put at over 11 million the number of coronavirus diagnostic tests carried out in Iran since the outbreak of the pandemic in late February 2020, according to Tasnim News Agency.
Lari said the COVID-19 death toll in the country stands at 60,353, adding the disease took the lives of 86 patients over the past 24 hours.
At least 1,413,700 patients have so far either recovered from the COVID-19 disease or been discharged from hospitals across the country, she added.
The spokeswoman also noted that the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus infection in Iran surpassed 1,656,000 following the detection of 8,525 new cases since Tuesday noon.
Among those currently undergoing treatment in the country’s medical centers, 3,747 patients are in critical condition, Lari noted.
The number of people infected with the coronavirus across the world has surpassed 115 million, with the death toll exceeding 2.56 million.