News ID: 303303
Published: 0152 GMT May 23, 2021

Iran’s daily COVID-19 deaths, infections rise after brief respite: Ministry

Iran’s daily COVID-19 deaths, infections rise after brief respite: Ministry

National Desk

Iran’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections during the 24-hour period to Sunday reversed the downward trend it was reflecting over the past few days to reach 216 and 8,631 respectively, according to the Health Ministry.

On Saturday, the figures stood at 187 and 8,005 respectively and on Friday, they amounted to 200 and 11,250. On Thursday, the ministry had put them at 229 and 12,428, after reporting daily deaths and infections of 233 and 12,789 on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

The Sunday statement said the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020 stand at 78,597 and 2,832,518, respectively.

It added 4,855 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition in the country and, of the newly detected cases, 1,170 individuals have been hospitalized.

The ministry added that a total of 2,333,789 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from the country’s hospitals.

It said eight cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the spread of the virus, while 233 are in the orange zones (high-risk), noting that based on a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.

The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 207 and zero, ‎respectively, according to the statement.

The ministry also announced that 18,932,896 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country, and 2,991,859 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given to people.

The country has been struggling with the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections over the past few weeks that caused it to see daily record-high deaths and infections of above 450 and 21,000, impose a partial lockdown in very high-risk cities, and shut down certain businesses and public places.

Related authorities say Iran is past the peak of deaths and infections in the fourth wave.



Resource: IRNA
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