0744 GMT January 22, 2022
Iran’s daily COVID-19 infections and vaccination against the disease set new records, according to figures released by the Health Ministry on Tuesday.
The Health Ministry announced in a statement that the country’s daily COVID-19 infections and deaths during the past 24 hours reached a record-high of 39,019 and 378, respectively.
In addition, the ministry’s figures show that in this period, 505,032 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were injected, which is a daily record since the beginning of the public inoculation process in the country, Mehr News Agency reported.
According to the statement, the total COVID-19 infections and death toll since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 3,979,727 and 91,785, respectively.
It added that 5,793 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 4,838 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 3,424,650 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 26,099,787 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country, and 13,586,206 doses of COVID vaccines have been administered.
The Health Ministry said 285 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 110 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
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 53 and zero, respectively, according to the ministry.
Iran has been grappling with a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic since a few weeks ago, mainly sparked by the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant, known as Delta.
Tehran Grand Bazaar and banks as well as all public and private organizations and offices in the Iranian capital were closed during July 20-25, in an effort to curb the pandemic in the province.
The same closures and COVID restrictions were enforced in the northern province of Alborz, neighboring Tehran.
On Monday, Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a letter, called on the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus to discuss a two-week national lockdown and closure to curb the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, IRNA reported.
The proposal was initially put forward by Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki in a letter to the Leader.
The minister suggested a two-week national lockdown and tightening supervision over compliance with the health protocols by the military and law enforcement forces could reduce the relentless pressure on the country’s medical staff to a significant degree.