0600 GMT October 17, 2021
According to figures by Iran’s Health Ministry, the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections dropped to below 200 and 10,000 for the first time in almost three months during the past 24 hours.
The ministry announced in a statement on Friday that Iran’s daily COVID-19 deaths toll and infections reached 185 and 9,897 respectively in the past 24 hours.
The last time the country had COVID-19 daily deaths of below 200 had been 82 days ago, while its daily infections stood at less than 10,000 for the last time 90 days ago.
The ministry also said the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 122,197 and 5,683,980, respectively.
Also 5,451 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,424 individuals have been hospitalized, and 5,186,096 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
The statement added 33,039,254 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country and 62,183,170 doses of vaccines have been administered.
Seven cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 108 are in the orange zone (high-risk). The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 248 and 85, respectively.
Iran’s public vaccination process has gained greater momentum over the past weeks in view of the rise in imports and domestic production of vaccines, setting new daily records.
The country has received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN), and also developed a number of COVID jabs domestically.
Iran was grappling with the fifth wave of the pandemic, mainly sparked by the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant, known as Delta, during late June-late September, seeing record high deaths and infections of above 700 and 40,000, respectively. The number of casualties, however, has been steadily declining over the past days, indicating that the country is past the peak of the fifth wave’s infections and deaths.