0545 GMT July 31, 2021
The number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Iran has doubled since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in late February 2020, said the health minister.
As part of efforts to develop the domestic health and treatment infrastructure, the number of the country’s hospital beds will grow by 14,000 by late August, added Saeed Namaki, in an address to the inauguration ceremony of a hospital in northern Iran, IRNA reported.
He noted that close to 1,400 health sector projects, including health and treatment centers, will become operational by late August.
Namaki put the number of hospital beds in Iran at 1.6 for each 1,000 people.
On Monday, Namaki said the Iranian version of Russian-developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine will be unveiled on June 26.
Praising efforts by Iranian experts and scientists to develop the COVID-19 vaccine, the minister noted that the first clinical trial phase of a jab developed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps will begin on June 27.
On the government’s efforts to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine, he said to procure the jab he has turned to every country, regretting that, however, even those states having friendly ties with Iran refrained from selling the jab to Iran directly.
In addition, an Iranian lawmaker said on Monday the COVID-19 vaccine developed jointly by Cuba and the Pasteur Institute of Iran works well against all mutated variants of the coronavirus.
Ali Khezrian made the remark while unveiling the details of a Monday meeting with Iran’s Food and Drug Organization Chief Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz and directors of the top Iranian COVID-19 jab producers.
He said among the good news announced in the meeting was that the vaccine developed by Cuba’s Finlay Vaccine Institute and the Pasteur Institute of Iran has been made with such advanced technologies that it is effective against all mutated variants of the coronavirus.
Only one dose of the vaccine will develop a high degree of immunity, he added.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 116 and 11,716, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
According to the statement, the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country stand at 83,217 and 3,117,336, respectively.
It added that 3,249 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,278 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 2,771,705 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 22,699,166 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out, and 5,376,624 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to people.
The Health Ministry said 22 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 175 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 251 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.