News ID: 319708
Published: 0249 GMT January 28, 2022
Minister: Sixth wave of infections begins

Iran’s daily COVID cases close to 17,000: Ministry

Iran’s daily COVID cases close to 17,000: Ministry

National Desk

The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Friday that the country’s daily COVID-19 infection cases rose to 16,757 while new fatalities stood at 23, respectively.

The total COVID-19 deaths and infection cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 132,356 and 6,310,452, respectively.

The ministry said 1,323 people are in critical condition, and 994 new patients have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 6,095,414 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 44,516,027 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.

By Friday, 60,618,612 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 ‎vaccine, including 53,917,006, who had taken two jabs, and 16,175,768 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of the administered doses to 130,711,386.


Sixth wave starts


In a tweet on Thursday, Iran’s Health Minister Bahram Einollahi declared the start of a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country due to the increasing number infections with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

“Unfortunately, we should declare that we have practically stepped into the sixth wave with the rise in hospitalization and outpatient cases,” Einollahi wrote.

The minister urged more caution against the disease and said getting booster vaccinations could play a major role in preventing a fresh surge in number of deaths and infections from the virus.

The start of the sixth wave comes as Iran had experienced a sharp decline in number of deaths and infections from coronavirus in recent weeks mainly thanks to an extensive vaccination campaign against the disease under the administration of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi.

However, authorities have been unhappy with the slow pace of booster shot delivery amid concerns that the Omicron variant of coronavirus could spread fast and overwhelm hospitals in the country. 

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.

On Wednesday, 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 daily number of the people referred to the hospital with coronavirus symptoms has surpassed 300 though almost all of them are outpatients”.



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