0844 GMT January 20, 2022
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Friday that no city in the country is currently coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread.
It added that 22 cities are in the orange zone (high-risk), saying the number of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 207 and 219, respectively.
According to the statement, the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached 86 and 4,384, respectively.
It added that the total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 129,462 and 6,102,056.
The ministry said 3,372 patients are in critical condition, and 720 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 5,841,870 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 38,331,546 diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.
It added 104,284,578 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered in Iran, of which 57,248,013 have been given to people as the first dose, and 46,115,125 as the second dose.
In addition, 921,440 have received their third dose. Over 260,349 doses were administered during Thursday to Friday.
Iran’s public vaccination has gained greater momentum over the past few months on the back of a rise in imports and domestic production. The country 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).
Among the homegrown vaccines are Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), Fakhra (Defense Ministry), COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation), Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute) – and Noura (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps).
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 thanks to the increased pace of the public vaccination process, authorities constantly warn against the start of a new wave, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.