0251 GMT May 27, 2022
No case of infection with Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been identified in Iran, said the health minister.
In an address to a meeting in the central province of Yazd on Friday, Bahram Einollahi added getting vaccinated and observing the health protocols highly reduces the possibility of being infected with the new coronavirus strain and any other variants, IRNA reported.
He noted that at present, 87 percent of the country’s population have been vaccinated against COVID-19, saying in some provinces, the figure has surpassed 90 percent.
According to a Friday statement by the Iranian Health Ministry, the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 112,596,571, of which 59,026,227 have been given to people as the first dose, and 50,109,890 as the second dose.
In addition, 3,460,454 people have received their third dose. From Thursday to Friday, 322,887 doses were administered.
The ministry added the country’s daily COVID fatalities and infections stood at 46 and 2,196 respectively, and 16 provinces reported zero death.
It listed the provinces with no fatality as Bushehr (southern Iran), Sistan and Baluchestan (southeastern Iran), Isfahan (central Iran), Markazi (northern Iran), Kermanshah (western Iran), Ilam (western Iran), Hormuzgan (southern Iran), Qom (northern Iran), Golestan (northern Iran), Khuzestan (southwestern Iran), Lorestan (western Iran), Yazd (central Iran), Kurdestan (northwestern Iran), Gilan (northern Iran), Hamedan (western Iran) and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad (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 130,992 and 6,167,650, respectively.
It said 2,941 patients are in critical condition, and 341 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 5,995,734 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 40,569,784 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).
Health network contribution
In a tweet on Friday, the Iranian government’s spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi said in the absence of the national health network, it would have been impossible to make a transformation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in different parts of the country, from the remotest villages to the most populated cities.
He added at the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus, the domestic medical staff and health workers controlled the situation and made a breakthrough by their brilliant performance.
Bahadori Jahromi noted that constant compliance with the health protocols is the best way to express practical gratitude for such efforts.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, the country 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.