News ID: 319306
Published: 0252 GMT January 10, 2022

Iran reports nearly 2,000 daily COVID cases: Ministry

Iran reports nearly 2,000 daily COVID cases: Ministry
FARZAD MENATI/TASNIM

National Desk

The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Monday that the country’s new COVID-19 infections increased by 452 cases over the day before, standing at 1,932.

The ministry announced in a statement that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours reached 37.

This comes as during Saturday to Sunday, Iran’s daily COVID cases stood at 1,480 and the fatalities amounted to 31.

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 131,915 and 6,208,337.

It said 1,692 patients are in critical condition, and 298 new ones have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 6,053,241 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 42,908,102 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.

The Health Ministry added the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 123,547,420, of which 60,146,546 have been given to people as the first dose, 52,725,535 as the second dose, and 10,675,339 as the third, booster shot.

Iran on December 19 said the first definite case of infection with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was ‎detected in the country.‎

Commenting on the country’s latest situation in terms of the Omicron variant spread, Hamidreza Jama’ati, the secretary of the national anti-COVID scientific committee, said, so far, 500 confirmed cases of infection with the new strain have been detected.

He added that over 27 percent of the entire positive COVID tests in the country are infections with the Omicron variant, warning that the sixth wave of the pandemic can sweep the country and reach a peak in a few weeks.

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 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 under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi in August.

Iran has so far imported over 150 million doses of COVID jabs and produced a number of vaccines domestically.

 

 

 

   
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