Iran’s Health Ministry announced in a statement on Thursday that the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 159 and 11,409, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
The total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 125,877, and 5,899,509, respectively.
According to the ministry, 4,078 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 1,477 individuals have been hospitalized.
Some 5,468,620 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
So far, 35,187,615 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
The ministry added 84,608,380 people in the country have been vaccinated against the fatal virus.
The Health Ministry also said 22 cities are coded red (very high-risk), while 128 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 215 and 83, respectively, read the statement.
Iran was grappling with the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past few months, seeing record high daily deaths and infections of over 700 and 40,000.
In the past few weeks, the death toll and cases have been reflecting a declining trend, indicating that the fifth wave is over on the back of the greater momentum of the country’s public vaccination in the past months. The rise in imports and domestic production of vaccines has contributed to the accelerated pace of vaccination in the country.
Iran has received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN), and has also developed a number of COVID jabs domestically.
The authorities, however, say the start of a sixth wave is quite possible in case of laxity in observing the health protocols and a failure to accelerate the public vaccination process.
Arrival of the 32nd batch of imported vaccines
Earlier in the day, Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced that a planeload of the COVID-19 vaccines, consisting of six million doses of Sinopharm products, arrived in Tehran.
The shipment which has been provided by the IRCS was the 32nd batch of coronavirus jabs delivered to the representatives of the Health Ministry at the Imam Khomeini International Airport.
According to Head of the IRCS Karim Hemmati, the body will continue to import the Sinopharm vaccines.
IRCS has made its all-out efforts to meet the country's needs to the COVID-19 vaccines during the past six months, Hemmati added.
So far, over 106 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines have been imported to the country by IRCS, he underlined.