0905 GMT January 17, 2022
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and cases in the past 24 hours stood at 40 and 2,128, respectively.
The total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 131,474 and 6,188,857.
It said 2,751 patients are in critical condition, and 351 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,030,632 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 41,693,121 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
During Monday to Tuesday, 25 provinces reported either zero or one fatality.
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.
The wave has subsided in the country thanks to the greater pace of the public vaccination on the back of the rise in imports and domestic production of COVID-19 jabs since the beginning of the new administration’s term in office in August 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.
According to the ministry’s Tuesday statement, the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 117,960,029, of which 59,656,164 have been given to people as the first dose, and 51,547,746 as the second dose.
In addition, 6,756,119 people have received their third dose. Between Monday and Tuesday, 619,605 doses were administered.
Despite the widespread vaccination and declining casualties, Iranian 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.
Iran on December 19 said the first definite case of infection with the Omicron variant was detected in the country.
This was announced by the head of the Health Ministry’s Center for Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention.
Speaking in a televised interview, Mohammad Mehdi Gouya added the positive case is an Iranian passenger returning to the country from a regional state where the new variant has spread.
Following the announcement, the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus held an emergency meeting, discussed the issue as well as new measures and made a number of decisions.
In an address to a press conference on Monday, Gouya said 26 confirmed cases of Omicron have been detected in the country, noting that another 12 suspicious cases have been identified.