News ID: 319860
Published: 0332 GMT February 02, 2022

Tehran reports 61% increase in number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in one week

Tehran reports 61% increase in number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in one week

Tehran’s Governor General Mohsen Mansouri announced 61 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the capital compared to last week amid a sharp rise in the number of infections across the country.

Mansouri said that, unfortunately, the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, has spread significantly across the country, especially the capital, ISNA reported.

He said that the province’s primary schools closed for a week and students are virtually in contact with their teachers.

“Undoubtedly, if health protocols are not observed, we will have to impose new and more serious restrictions,” he said.

Iran reported more than 38,000 COVID-19 positive cases on Wednesday as the country has entered the sixth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Health Ministry registered 38,160 new cases from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the total number of the new cases to 6,446,404, according to IRNA.

The ministry also reported 59 more deaths from COVID-19 during the same period, putting the total death toll at 132,563.

Of the new cases detected over the past 24 hours, 1,975 patients have been admitted to hospitals, the ministry added.

Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers, 1,819 coronavirus patients are being kept in intensive care units because of more severe infections.

The ministry says over 60.83 million Iranians have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, over 54 million have received the second dose, and more than 17 million have gotten the third, booster shot.

According to the ministry, 42 cities have been classified as “red,” the highest level of the country’s color-coded risk scale.

Iran’s Parliament has temporarily suspended its sessions because of an outbreak of COVID-19 among lawmakers as the Omicron variant spreads across the country.

Senior lawmaker Nezam Mousavi announced on Monday that at least 47 members of the 290-member Parliament have tested positive for the virus, prompting it to cancel its public sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Iranian Parliament was previously suspended for two weeks in April 2021 during an outbreak among MPs. During the first wave of the pandemic in early 2020, several lawmakers died from the coronavirus.

At least 10 members of Parliament are now hospitalized after contracting the virus, lawmaker Alireza Salimi announced on Sunday.



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