0826 GMT December 03, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said given the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country and the new conditions it has created compared to previous strains, a new criterion can be defined for coding a city “red” (very high-risk) in terms of infections.
Making the remarks in an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, the president added that until the new criteria are laid out, the former restrictions will remain in place, IRNA reported.
Highlighting the importance of observing the health protocols in ceremonies in the country, he urged health officials to strictly supervise and ensure careful compliance with the protocols in public gatherings, particularly at pilgrimage sites.
Raeisi said provincial officials are responsible for making decisions about the imposition of further COVID-19 restrictions, or announcement of closures in their respective provinces, in proportion to the problems they are facing, noting that unlike the past, the issue must not be dealt with on a nationwide scale.
He stressed that the public transport sector has a high potential for the spread of the virus, calling on Iranian officials to have stricter supervision over the sector.
On December 19, Iran reported its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The spread of the new strain has sparked the sixth wave of infections in the country, as it has currently become the prevailing variant.
According to a Saturday statement by the Iranian Health Ministry, the country’s daily COVID-19 infections and fatalities stood at 23,130 and 64, respectively.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 132,745 and 6,543,837, respectively.
The ministry said 2,282 people are in critical condition, and 1,529 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,138,692 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 45,296,728 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
By Saturday, 61,056,612 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 54,447,739, who had taken two jabs, and 19,300,345 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of the administered doses to 134,804,696.