1048 GMT May 13, 2021
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said widespread and maximum vaccination of the country’s people against the coronavirus is the government’s top priority.
In an address to the 219th meeting of the Government’s Economic Coordination Headquarters on Tuesday, Rouhani added that despite the enemy’s pressures on Iran and the bottlenecks caused by its economic war and sanctions on Tehran, which have stymied money transfers to and from the country, different sectors of the government have done their utmost to remove obstacles to supplying COVID-19 vaccines to the people, IRNA reported.
In May 2018, the US pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 in 2015, and reimposed Washington’s sanctions on Tehran, mainly targeting the country’s oil and banking sectors.
He noted that although the Iranian government has also been faced with other limitations, such as a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in the world and the huge global demand for the product, it managed to, in cooperation with all other public and private organizations, mobilize the country’s capacities to this end.
On Sunday, Rouhani said his administration’s attention to the domestic health sector and endeavors to develop it have been unprecedented ever since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
He described constructing and equipping the country’s hospitals as an urgent priority.
The president noted that amid its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which broke out in Iran in late February 2020, his government has continued efforts to further equip the country’s hospitals, provide better services to patients and develop the domestic health sector’s infrastructure.
Daily infections, deaths
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that more than 25,400 new coronavirus cases were detected in the country during the past 24 hours, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Speaking at a daily press conference on Tuesday, the Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the total number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Iran surpassed 2,286,900 after the detection of 25,492 new cases since yesterday.
Of the newly cases detected, 3,365 patients have been hospitalized, she added.
Among those currently undergoing treatment in Iranian medical centers, 4,911 coronavirus patients are in critical condition, Lari regretted.
She put at 67,525 the total COVID-19 death toll in Iran, saying the disease has taken the lives of 395 patients over the past 24 hours.
At least 1,810,500 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman said.
She said that over 14.6 million coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in Iran, and over 480,000 people have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Earlier, the Health Ministry announced that 257 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 129 cities are categorized as orange (high-risk), adding that based on a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.
It put the number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities at 51 and 11, respectively.
Last Saturday, all Iranian cities located in the red and orange zones entered a two-week partial lockdown.
The number of people infected with COVID-19 across the world has surpassed 142 million, with the death toll exceeding 3.04 million.