1026 GMT May 28, 2022
Tehran’s governor said that the reimposition of COVID-19 restrictions in the Iranian capital is likely, given the growing trend reflected by the daily number of people infected with the Omicron variant.
Isa Farhadi, who is also the commander of the Operational Headquarters of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, called on Tehran citizens to receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible in addition to complying with the health protocols, ISNA reported.
He said one city, Ardakan, in central Iran is coded red (very high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread, and eight are in the orange (high-risk) zone, warning that in view of the rise in the number of people referred to Tehran’s medical centers with COVID-19 symptoms, it is quite possible that the Iranian capital would also be categorized as a high-risk area.
According to a Wednesday statement by the Iranian Health Ministry, the country’s daily COVID-19 infection cases and fatalities stood at 11,851 and 29, respectively.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infection cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 132,303 and 6,279,410, respectively.
The ministry said 1,267 people are in critical condition, and 697 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,088,367 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 44,323,800 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
By Wednesday, 60,568,566 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 53,796,203, who had taken two jabs, and 15,548,417 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of the administered doses to 129,913,186.
Iran on December 19 said the first definite case of infection with the Omicron was detected in the country. According to the latest figure, the total number of the Omicron cases in Iran stands at over 3,400.
A spokesperson for Masih Daneshvari hospital in Tehran, a reference center for COVID-19 patients, said the medical center received almost 20 patients a day up to one week ago; but “the number of patients we receive everyday has increased to more than 300 though almost all of them are outpatients”.