News ID: 318858
Published: 0332 GMT December 20, 2021

Iran tightens regulations to curb Omicron variant

Iran tightens regulations to curb Omicron variant

Iran’s National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus decided to impose tougher measures to avert a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

The headquarters convened an extraordinary session on Sunday night, attended by President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, according to Tasnim News Agency.

In the meeting, the Health Ministry gave a report on the latest status of the spread of the Omicron infection in the country and offered plans to curb a new wave of the pandemic.

The ministry also stressed the need for all people to receive the booster shots at least three months after getting the second dose of vaccine.

The headquarters then came up with plans to tighten the health protocols, saying it is obligatory for people to wear masks in public places and family reunions.

Customers at restaurants and halls also have to use masks and observe the health protocols, as people are asked to comply with social distancing rules and avoid crowded places during the winter solstice celebrations.

Moreover, the Interior Ministry and the Health Ministry have been tasked with announcing new restrictions on travel from foreign countries.

The World Health Organization reported on Saturday that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired abroad.

The Health Ministry on Monday reported 41 fatalities from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll to 131,124, IRNA reported.

The ministry also reported 2,390 new positive cases across the country.

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 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.



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