Iran’s Health Ministry announced that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections stood at 625 and 50,228 respectively, from Monday to Tuesday.
Releasing a statement on Tuesday, the ministry said the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 99,108 and 4,517,243, respectively.
In addition, the ministry’s figures showed that during the past 24 hours 7,424 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and out of the newly-detected cases, 5,163 patients have been hospitalized.
The statement added 3,786,488 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also added that 27,380,677 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country, and 20,281,265 doses of COVID vaccines have been administered.
The Health Ministry said 359 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 59 are in the orange zone (high-risk) and 30 other cities are in yellow (medium-risk) zone.
The spokesman of Iran’s anti-coronavirus task force announced on Saturday that all public organizations as well as less-essential and nonessential businesses across the country will be closed from August 16-21 to curb the fifth wave of the pandemic.
Alireza Raeisi added only essential businesses will be allowed to remain open during the period.
Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi had recently warned that, based on an international survey, the country’s daily COVID deaths could rise to 600 or even 800 if people fail to observe necessary protocols.
The chief of staff of president’s office told reporters on Tuesday that Tehran was seriously pursuing vaccine purchases from abroad.
Gholam-Hossein Esmaili added in addition to recent purchases, Iran would import around 30 million doses of vaccine from other countries in the coming weeks.
Iran has been fighting against the coronavirus pandemic despite inhumane US sanctions that have hampered the purchase of vaccines and life-saving medical supplies.