The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Monday that daily COVID-19 deaths in the country dropped to below 50 for the first time after 566 days, and 14 provinces reported zero fatality during the past 24 hours.
The ministry added the country’s exact daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections in the past 24 hours stood at 42 and 2,726, respectively.
The provinces with no COVID deaths were Lorestan (western Iran), Hormuzgan (southern Iran), Bushehr (southern Iran), Sistan and Baluchestan (southeastern Iran), South Khorasan (eastern Iran), Zanjan (northwestern Iran), Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari (southwestern Iran), Alborz (northern Iran), Yazd (central Iran), Markazi (northern Iran), Kermanshah (western Iran), Ilam (western Iran), Fars (southern Iran) and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahamd (southwestern Iran).
According to the ministry the total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 130,764 and 6,157,519, respectively.
It said 3,069 patients are in critical condition, and 442 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 5,975,404 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 40,157,086 diagnostic tests have 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 eight cities are in the orange zone (high-risk). The number of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 119 and 321, respectively.
The drop in Iran’s COVID casualties is mainly the outcome of the greater momentum of the public vaccination process, on the back of the rise in jab imports and domestic production, since the beginning of the new administration’s term in office under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi.
The country has imported 86 batches (over 150 million doses) of COVID-19 jabs and produced a number of vaccines domestically including Fakhra (Defense Ministry), Noura (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps), Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation) and Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute).
According to the ministry’s statement, the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 111,084,738, of which 58,778,763 have been given to people as the first dose, and 49,560,783 as the second dose.
In addition, 2,745,192 people have received their third dose. During Sunday to Monday, 505,945 doses were administered.
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 to 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.