News ID: 318895
Published: 0411 GMT December 21, 2021

Iran will impose more restrictions to prevent COVID-19 resurgence if needed: Interior minister

Iran will impose more restrictions to prevent COVID-19 resurgence if needed: Interior minister

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that Iran will impose more restrictions to prevent the resurgence of COVID-19 if the country’s officials find that the restrictions are needed.

Referring to a report by the World Health Organization about the high contagion of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, and its spread in the world, Vahidi said that the officials should make all necessary measures to control the new wave of disease in the country, according to IRNA.

The Interior Minister said that the maximum observance of health protocols can play a key role in controlling the new wave of disease in the country.

Iran’s National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus on Sunday decided to impose tougher measures to avert a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic caused by the Omicron variant, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Iran’s Health Ministry underlines the need for all people to receive the booster shots at least three months after getting the second dose of vaccine.

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 Omicron variant has been found to multiply about 70 times more quickly than the original and the Delta versions of the coronavirus in tissue samples taken from the bronchus, the main tubes from the windpipe to the lungs, in laboratory experiments that could help explain its rapid transmission, according to the Guardian.

The study, by a team from the University of Hong Kong, also found that the new variant grew 10 times slower in lung tissue, which the authors said could be an indicator of lower disease severity.

Iran’s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 43 fatalities from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll to 131,167, Tasnim reported.

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.

The new figures released by the Health Ministry indicate that the total number of people tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Iran exceeded 6,175,700 following the detection of 2,413 new cases.

The number of coronavirus patients who have been admitted to hospitals across the country stood at 376, the Health Ministry said.

At least 6,012,600 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the ministry added.

The ministry also said that over 59.26 million Iranians have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, over 50.65 million have received the second dose, and more than 4.36 million have received booster shots.




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