0539 GMT May 26, 2022
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Wednesday that 11 provinces reported zero COVID-19 deaths over the past 24 hours and daily fatalities in the country stood at 52.
The ministry put daily infections at 2,651, listing the provinces with no fatality as Bushehr (southern Iran), Sistan and Baluchestan (southeastern Iran), South Khorasan (eastern Iran), Semnan (northern Iran), Markazi (northern Iran), Kermanshah (western Iran), Ilam (western Iran), Hormuzgan (southern Iran), Ardebil (northwestern Iran), Qom (northern Iran), Golestan (northern 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 130,883 and 6,162,954, respectively.
It said 3,004 patients are in critical condition, and 388 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 5,985,735 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 40,362,269 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 111,881,914, of which 58,914,660 have been given to people as the first dose, and 49,847,873 as the second dose.
In addition, 3,119,381 people have received their third dose. From Tuesday to Wednesday, 323,251 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.