0802 GMT January 20, 2022
The first phase of a smart plan to curb coronavirus spread and impose restrictions in Iran will begin as of Saturday in executive organizations, said the interior minister.
In an address to reporters following a Tuesday meeting of the operational headquarters of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Ahamd Vahidi, who is the headquarters chief, added the smart plan will be implemented in five phases, IRNA reported.
He added the plan will be later executed in the intracity transportation, business and intercity transportation sectors as well as scientific, research and educational centers.
The minister noted that in the operational headquarters’ meeting, it was also stressed that supervision over borders must be tightened lest suspicious cases enter the country without being appropriately quarantined.
On vaccinating students under 12 years of age, he said no decision has been made in this regard yet.
Vahidi added currently, Iranian schools are open for physical attendance by students two days a week, noting that education is delivered online during the rest of the week.
Iranian schools and universities have resumed in-person activities since a few weeks ago.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in statement on Tuesday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and cases stood at 79 and 3,514, respectively.
The total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 130,356 and 6,141,335.
It said 3,213 patients are in critical condition, and 584 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 5,936,975 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 39,523,748 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
The total number of administered vaccine doses stands at 108,415,131, of which 58,294,787 have been given to people as the first dose, and 48,545,362 as the second one.
In addition, 1,574,982 have received their third dose. Over 474,498 doses were administered fromg Monday to Tuesday.
Two cities in the country are currently coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread, while nine cities are in the orange zone (high-risk). The number of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 153 and 284, respectively.
Since the outbreak, Iran has grappled with five waves of COVID-19 infections, with the last one being the greatest and deadliest of all and troubling the country until a few weeks ago. Sparked mainly due to the spread of the Delta variant, the wave caused the country see record high daily deaths and cases of over 700 and 40,000, respectively.
Although the 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 an increase 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).