1024 GMT December 04, 2021
Iranian students resume physical attendance at the country’s elementary and high schools as of today, said the Education Ministry spokesman.
Commenting on Sunday on the resumption of in-person attendance at the country’s schools after close to two years of online education since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in late February 2020, Alireza Kamarei added the schools are mandated to reopen and students are obligated to observe school regulations, ISNA reported.
The schools will inform students about the number of days they are required to have physical attendance, he said.
The spokesman stressed, “We are in a situation where social distancing must be fully observed.”
He said if a school has not announced its physical attendance program, physical attendance will not be required by its students.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that daily COVID-19 deaths and cases stood at 104 and 4,340.
It said the total COVID-19 fatalities and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country stand at 128,956 and 6,077,438, respectively.
Since the outbreak, Iran has grappled with five waves of COVID-19 infections, one greater and deadlier than another.
To curb the spread, restrictions have been imposed by the authorities, among which have been the suspension of in-person education by schools, closures of businesses and public places as well as bans on intercity and intra-city travel.
A night-time curfew has also been imposed, banning intra-city travel in major Iranian cities from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
On Saturday, Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called for the lifting of the restriction banning nocturnal intra-city travel in view of the widespread vaccination of the people.
Until a few weeks ago, Iran was grappling with a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections, seeing record high daily deaths and infections of over 700 and 40,000, respectively. Although the fifth wave has subsided on the back of the greater momentum of the public vaccination process, authorities keep warning against the start of a new wave, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.
The ministry’s Sunday statement added, 102,145,229 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered, of which 56,653,947 have been given to people as the first dose, and 44,726,047 as the second dose.
Iran has produced a number of COVID vaccines domestically and received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN).