Addressing a session of the country’s National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus on Saturday, Rouhani said Iran has begun to experience the fifth wave of the pandemic, though the contagion has not spread countrywide so far, according to Tasnim News Agency.
While all efforts had been focused on containing the mutated variants of coronavirus in the southern and eastern provinces after the UK and Indian strains were spread to the country from the neighboring states, the Delta variant has been reported in the provinces which are far from the borders, Rouhani said.
He warned that the situation has deteriorated compared to the previous weeks.
Despite all supervisory activities and controls along the borders, illegal entries have unfortunately caused the spread of the Delta variant in Iran, Rouhani added.
The president called for strict compliance with the health protocols in high risk cities.
Iran’s Health Ministry on Friday reported a rise in the number of “red” cities across the country, saying that 143 cities are now classified as red – the highest category in the country’s coronavirus risk ranking.
The ministry said on Saturday that 151 people lost their lives to the COVID-19 from Friday to Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 85,694.
It also put the total number of new COVID-19 cases at 3,355,786 after 11,664 people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period.
President Rouhani added that about 500,000 Iranians can be vaccinated on a daily basis in the country.
Rouhani noted that there are more than 60 million people over the age of 18, of whom 65% to 70% must be vaccinated in order to break the chain of the spread of the virus.