0845 GMT January 22, 2022
Iran’s daily COVID-19 deaths declined to below 100 after 234 days of standing at three-digit figures, according to the Health Ministry’s Monday statistics.
The ministry announced in a statement that the country’s daily deaths and infections stood at 97 and 5,427 respectively.
It put the total COVID-19 fatalities and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 at 129,053 and 6,082,865, respectively.
The statement said 3,393 patients are in critical condition, and 840 new ones have been hospitalized.
It added 5,795,060 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals.
According to the statement 37,887,368 diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.
The ministry said eight cities are coded red (very high-risk), while 58 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
The number of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 236 and 146, it added.
Since the outbreak, Iran has grappled with five waves of COVID-19 infections, one greater and deadlier than another.
Until a few weeks ago, the country 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 on the back of the greater momentum of the public vaccination process in the country, authorities constantly warn against the start of a new wave, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.
Iran has produced a number of COVID jabs domestically and received several COVID-19 vaccine batches from Russia (Sputnik V), China (Sinopharm), Japan (AstraZeneca) and India (COVAXIN).
According to the ministry’s Monday statement, 102,749,034 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered in the country, of which 56,830,741 have been given to people as the first dose, and 45,115,003 as the second dose.
In addition, 803,290 have received their third dose.