0537 GMT October 28, 2021
Figures released on Sunday by Iran’s Health Ministry indicate a slight decline in the country’s daily COVID-19 death toll.
The Health Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 581 and 31,516, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
Iran’s daily COVID-19 deaths stood at 614 during the 24-hour period to Saturday.
The statement added the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 106,482 and 4,926,964, respectively.
It added that 7,877 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 3,614 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 4,146,742 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
The statement added 28,668,156 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country and 26,176,126 COVID vaccine doses have been administered.
The Health Ministry said 306 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 110 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) cities is 32, 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.
On Friday, Iran’s Health Minister Bahram Einollahi said the ministry plans to vaccinate the country’s entire target population against COVID-19 by February 11, 2022.