News ID: 319556
Published: 0245 GMT January 21, 2022

Minister: Over 2,000 Omicron cases detected in Iran

Minister: Over 2,000 Omicron cases detected in Iran
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Iranian Health Minister Bahram Einollahi speaks to reporters on the sidelines of a nationwide meeting of the heads of the universities in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Jan. 21, 2022.

National Desk

The health minister expressed his serious concern about the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Iran, saying over 2,000 cases have been detected in the country.

Making the remarks on the sidelines of a nationwide meeting of the heads of the Iranian universities in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Friday, Bahram Einollahi added the new variant is highly transmissible, ISNA reported.

He noted when a new strain infects people in a country, it begins to spread to other states, saying Iran has been no exception as passengers have helped the new variant infiltrate it.

The minister warned that the number of the infections with the new variant in Iran is higher than the official figure as COVID patients are tested for the new strain randomly, saying the number of the cases referred to hospitals across the country has grown fourfold over the past two weeks.

He also talked about a possible rise in the hospitalizations.

Einollahi said close to 89 percent of the country’s target population have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, putting at 79 percent those who have been given two shots.

He noted that the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus will decide about enforcing further COVID restrictions, saying the Health Ministry has submitted its proposals.

The minister gave the assurance that the government will supply sufficient vaccine doses either through imports or domestic production.

He added so far the ministry has received close to 185 million doses of different COVID jabs, of which nearly 152 million doses were imported.

 

Casualties

 

According to a Friday statement by the ministry, the country’s daily COVID-19 cases and fatalities stood at 5,276 and 20, respectively.

The total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 132,172 and 6,241,843.

The ministry said 1,228 people are in critical condition, and 383 new patients have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 6,075,730 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 43,865,395 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.

By Friday, 60,447,659 Iranians have received their first doses of the COVID-19 ‎vaccine, including 53,461,941 who have taken two jabs, and 14,013,465 who have ‎got three shots, bringing the total number of the administered doses to 127,923,065.

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

 

 

   
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