0913 GMT January 22, 2022
Iran’s daily COVID-19 deaths kept setting new all-time records as the fifth wave of the pandemic claimed over 700 lives in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry figures.
The ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 709 and 40,623, 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 in late February 2020 stand at 103,357 and 4,756,394, respectively.
It added that 7,727 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 5,478 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 3,993,211 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 28,093,578 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country and 23,710,434 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, of which over 572,000 doses were given to people in the past 24 hours.
The Health Ministry said 359 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 59 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 30 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, seeing a resurgence in deaths and infections.
As per a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, all public organizations as well as less-essential and nonessential businesses across the country were closed during August 16-21 to curb the fifth wave of the pandemic.
During the period, only essential businesses were allowed to remain open.
Intercity travel restrictions were also imposed as part of the closures, with only ambulances and trucks carrying food and essential goods being exempt from the restrictions.
The restrictions and closures also applied to the country’s banks and financial institutions.
During July 20-25, Tehran Grand Bazaar and banks as well as all public and private organizations and offices in the Iranian capital were closed 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.