Iran’s Health Ministry announced in a statement that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths toll and infections reached 223 and 11,964 cases respectively, from Wednesday to Thursday.
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 123,498 and 5,754,047, respectively.
Moreover, 5,983 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,770 individuals have been hospitalized, while 5,280,624 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, said the statement.
It added 33,674,304 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country and 69,641,130 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.
Earlier on Thursday, Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced that the 26th consignment of COVID-19 vaccines purchased by IRCS entered the country, containing six million doses, and was delivered to the Health Ministry.
According to the IRCS’s chief, with the arrival of the latest cargo, the Society fulfilled its promise of importing 18 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in one week.
Karim Hemmati further noted the IRCS has imported 70,390,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine since May.
Iran 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.