0720 GMT January 20, 2022
Iran’s daily COVID-19 fatalities dropped to below 25 on Monday for the first time in the past 666 days, according to figures by the Health Ministry.
The Health Ministry announced in a statement on Monday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and cases in the past 24 hours stood at 22 and 1,677, respectively.
On February 2, 2020, the country had for the last time seen a daily death toll of less than 25, with the fatalities standing at 21.
According to the ministry, the total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 131,702 and 6,198,590.
It said 2,624 patients are in critical condition, and 334 new ones have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,042,589 people have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals, and 42,281,617 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
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 incumbent administration’s term in office in August under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi.
Iran has so far imported 86 batches (over 150 million doses) of COVID-19 jabs and, in addition to Noura and COVIran Barekat, has produced a number of other vaccines including Fakhra (Defense Ministry), Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), and Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute).
The Health Ministry added in its Monday statement that the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 120,423,022, of which 59,909,150 have been given to people as the first dose, 52,140,405 as the second dose, and 8,373,467 as the third shot. Between Sunday and Monday, 419,585 doses were administered.
In a press conference on Monday, the deputy Iranian health minister for treatment and education, Saeid Karimi, said the number of confirmed Omicron cases in the country has reached 194.
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.