0726 GMT January 20, 2022
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a Friday statement that 13 provinces reported either zero or one daily COVID-19 fatality.
The statement listed the provinces with no deaths as South Khorasan (eastern Iran), Semnan (northern Iran), North Khorasan (northeastern Iran), Bushehr (southern Iran), Ardebil (northwestern Iran), Kurdestan (northwestern Iran), Golestan (northern Iran) and Mazandaran (northern Iran), saying the provinces with one daily fatality were Sistan and Baluchestan (southeastern Iran), Zanjan (northwestern Iran), Qom (northern Iran), Hormuzgan (southern Iran) and Khuzestan (southwestern Iran).
According to the ministry, 106,867,579 doses of COVID jabs have so far been administered in Iran, of which 57,927,468 have been given to people as the first dose, and 47,761,670 as the second dose.
In addition, 1,178,457 have received their third dose. Over 245,945 doses were administered during Thursday to Friday.
The ministry added that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and cases stood at 78 and 3,603, respectively.
The total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 130,066 and 6,129,199.
It said 3,296 patients are in critical condition, and 649 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 5,908,901 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 39,093,355 diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country.
No city in the country is currently coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread, while 22 cities are in the orange zone (high-risk) and the number of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 207 and 219, respectively.
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, mainly sparked by the Delta variant, 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 given the spread of the new strain of the coronavirus, known as Omicron, calling for full compliance with the health protocols.
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).