Iran's Health Ministry said on Thursday that 453 more Iranian patients lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic from Wednesday to Thursday, mounting the national death toll to 68,366.
Providing Iran’s latest coronavirus statistics, the Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said, 24,092 new cases of infection with the COVID-19 were detected across the country and 3,438 patients have been hospitalized, IRNA reported.
She noted that 1,823,958 patients out of a total of 2,335,905 infected people have recovered or been discharged from hospitals.
Among those currently undergoing treatment in the country’s medical centers, 5,038 are in critical conditions, the spokeswoman regretted.
It added that 14,854,140 tests have so far been carried out in Iran.
The Health Ministry announced that 301 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 95 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 45 and seven, respectively.
All Iranian cities located in the red and orange zones are under a two-week partial lockdown.
South Korea releases $30m of Iranian funds for vaccine, drugs purchase
A senior Iranian businessman said South Korean financial authorities have accommodated the release a tiny portion of Iranian funds that have been blocked in the country over alleged concerns about US sanctions.
Head of Iran-South Korea Chamber of Commerce Hossein Tanhaei said on Wednesday that only $30 million worth of Iranian funds in South Korea have been released for purchase of coronavirus vaccines and other medications, Press TV wrote.
Tanhayi said South Korea had promised as part of an agreement with Iranian government in February to help release at least $1 billion from around $7 billion of funds that have remained blocked in two South Korean banks since 2018.
“It had been agreed that $1 billion from the debt of this country be paid to Iran in cash but the agreement has yet to be implemented,” Tanhayi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency.
Facing growing criticism from Tehran, South Korean authorities have sought to come up with a solution on how they can process payments from Iranian accounts in South Korea to help Iran pay for its international trade and basic goods purchases.