0320 GMT August 04, 2021
The ministry said that 165 people lost their lives to COVID-19 from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 85,859, according to IRNA.
It also put the total number of COVID-19 cases at 3,373,450, after 17,664 people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period.
The 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.
President Hassan Rouhani said that in spite of the measures taken by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus, some parts of the country have entered the fifth wave of the pandemic.
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 the coronavirus in the southern and eastern provinces after the UK and Indian strains entered the country from neighboring states, the Delta variant has been reported in 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.