News ID: 313822
Published: 1253 GMT June 12, 2021

Rouhani hails Iran’s success in fighting coronavirus

Rouhani hails Iran’s success in fighting coronavirus
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran on June 12, 2021.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted his administration’s success in addressing the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, saying every effort is being made to provide the necessary supply of vaccine.

In comments at a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Rouhani expounded on his administration’s measures and efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran since the outbreak in late February 2020, Tasnim News Agency reported.

He said Iran has achieved self-sufficiency in manufacturing coronavirus diagnostic test kits and is facing no shortage in this regard as well as in terms of medical centers and equipment.

The president also noted that Iran began to import the coronavirus vaccine only after making sure about its safety.

“We have been making every effort to speed up the vaccination process according to the National Vaccination Document either via imports or by supplying homemade jabs,” Rouhani added.

The fact that Iran has been ranked 51st in the world in terms of the total COVID-19 death toll despite being under US severe sanctions reveals that it has done a great and commendable job in the fight against the pandemic, the president concluded.

Iran has already granted emergency use authorization to Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine, Covaxin made by India’s Bharat Biotech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, developed by Russia’s R-Pharm Group, and the AstraZeneca-SKBio, made in South Korea.


COVID casualties


The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Saturday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections during the past 24 hours reached 115 and 7,404, respectively.

It put the total death toll and infections since the outbreak in the country at 81,911 and 3,020,522.

The statement added that 3,483 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 905 individuals have been hospitalized.

The ministry said 2,640,281 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.

It also announced that 21,435,900 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out, and 5,107,836 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The Health Ministry said 16 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the spread of the virus, while 201 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 231 and zero, ‎respectively, according to the ministry.

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.

The authorities say that the country is past the peak of the fourth wave.




Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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