0740 GMT January 20, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said to curb the coronavirus spread in the country it is necessary to vaccinate the entire society, particularly migrants.
In an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Raeisi added that migrants from Afghanistan and other countries who are residing in Iran in any form must also be vaccinated against COVID-19, IRNA reported.
Stressing the importance of testing all people entering the country for COVID-19, the president urged the border provinces to seriously and carefully control and screen incoming travelers, refraining from settling for negative PCR certificates, which are sometimes forged, submitted by passengers, as any leniency or ignorance in this regard will send anti-COVID efforts and achievements by the domestic medical staff down the drain.
Highlighting the importance of receiving the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Raeisi said no doubt, widespread public vaccination can build up immunity against the virus and, thus, must continue at full strength.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a Saturday statement that the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 119,686,241, of which 59,836,455 have been given to people as the first dose, and 51,962,498 as the second dose.
In addition, 7,887,288 people have received their third dose. Between Friday and Saturday, 314,734 doses were administered.
Since the outbreak in late February 2020, 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 Raeisi administration’s term in office in August.
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).
The Saturday statement by the Health Ministry put the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and cases in the past 24 hours at 33 and 1,002, respectively.
The total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country stand at 131,639 and 6,195,403.
It said 2,676 patients are in critical condition, and 222 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,039,171 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 42,078,937 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
On Wednesday, the Iranian Health Ministry’s public relations manager, Mohammad Hashemi, tweeted that the number of confirmed Omicron cases in the country has reached 43.
He listed the provinces with reported cases as Tehran (17), Khorasan Razavi (5), Hormuzgan (5), Mazandaran (1). Isfahan (2), West Azarbaijan (1), Alborz (1), Fars (2), Markazi (1), Bushehr (2), Qom (3) and Yazd (3).
Iran on December 19 said the first definite case of infection with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in the country and two suspicious patients were also identified.
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, the UAE, where the new variant has spread, official news agency IRNA reported.