News ID: 317867
Published: 0327 GMT November 13, 2021

Interior minister: Sixth COVID wave concerns still in place

Interior minister: Sixth COVID wave concerns still in place

National Desk

Concerns about the start of the sixth wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Iran have not been fully allayed yet, said the interior minister.

In an address to a ceremony in the northern province of Alborz on Saturday, Ahmad Vahidi added that, at present, Iran is among successful countries in terms of vaccinating its population against COVID-19, IRNA reported.

However, he warned against lack of seriousness about the possibility of a sixth wave of infections sweeping the country, stressing, “We must not let that happen.”

Until a few weeks ago, Iran was grappling with a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections, seeing record high daily deaths and cases of over 700 and 40,000, respectively. Although the fifth wave has subsided, authorities constantly warn against the start of a new wave, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.

Earlier, Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi stressed the need for preemptive measures to avert the sixth wave of the pandemic in the country.

He emphasized the need to strengthen the infrastructure to deal with a possible sixth wave and prevent “passive confrontation” with the pandemic.

The president added that a possible new wave should not surprise the country like what happened during the fifth wave, calling on the Health Ministry to monitor the situation constantly and take the necessary measures to prevent a recurrence of the coronavirus-related problems.

Highlighting the role of public vaccination in tackling the pandemic, he said those who have refused to receive the vaccine so far must be encouraged to get the jab.




Resource: IRNA
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