0227 GMT June 25, 2022
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Saturday that the country’s daily COVID fatalities dropped to its lowest in the past 566 days, standing at 41, and no city was coded red (very high-risk) or orange (high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread.
The ministry put the number of the daily cases at 1,361, noting that no COVID death was reported in 17 provinces from Friday to Saturday.
According to the statement, the total COVID-19 death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 131,033 and 6,169,011, respectively.
It said 2,909 patients are in critical condition, and 243 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the ministry, 5,999,860 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 40,671,057 diagnostic tests have been carried out.
The numbers of yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 53 and 395, 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 Saturday statement, the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 112,819,927, of which 59,062,256 have been given to people as the first dose, and 50,190,634 as the second dose.
In addition, 3,567,454 people have received their third dose. During Friday to Saturday, 223,356 doses were administered.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Iran, the country has grappled with five waves of 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 and greater supervision over borders.
In an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, the Iranian president said protecting people’s lives and health mandates the administration to control common borders with neighbors with higher COVID-19 cases and risk of transmission with greater seriousness.
Raeisi, however, added restrictions at borders must not create problems for necessary travels, IRNA reported.
Hailing efforts by the domestic medical staff in fighting the virus, he described as very valuable measures by the administration to boost immunity against the coronavirus and protect people’s lives since the beginning of its term in August.
Raeisi added smart reopening of businesses and public places and resumption of normal life will restore dynamism and vivacity in the society, emphasizing nevertheless, compliance with the health protocols is still a necessity that must definitely be highlighted lest people’s lives and health are endangered.
He noted that the administration is well aware of the great value of the people’s cooperation and will strongly continue its efforts to protect their lives.