1209 GMT June 15, 2021
The South African and Indian strains of the coronavirus are spreading in some Iranian cities which are coded red (very-high risk) in terms of the number of the deaths and infections, announced the Health Ministry.
On Tuesday, the Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said although the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iran is reflecting a downward trend, the country’s general situation regarding the spread of the virus fails to be stable yet, IRNA reported.
She noted that in late May, an 18 percent decrease was witnessed in the country’s COVID-19 hospitalizations, saying deaths and referrals also declined by 22 percent and 13.4 percent in the period compared to the preceding few days.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections during the past 24 hours stood at 171 and 10,687, respectively.
The statement said the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the outbreak in late February 2020 stand at 80,327 and 2,923,823, respectively.
It added that 4,064 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,600 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 2,477,596 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 19,059,238 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out, and 4,312,594 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to people.
The Health Ministry said 13 cities in the country are coded red, while 214 are in the orange zone (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 221 and zero, respectively, according to the ministry’s Monday statement.
Iran has been grappling with the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections over the past few weeks that has caused the country to see daily record-high deaths and infections of above 450 and 21,000 and impose a partial lockdown in very high-risk cities, closing certain businesses and public places.