The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Sunday the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities increased to 85, from 64 during the preceding 24 hours.
According to a Saturday statement by the ministry, the country’s daily COVID-19 infections stood at 35,429, up by 12,000 compared to the figure (23,130) for the period, Friday to Saturday.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 132,830 and 6,579,266, respectively.
The ministry said 2,395 people are in critical condition, and 2,199 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,152,908 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 45,399,262 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
By Sunday, 61,112,617 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 54,505,698, who had taken two jabs, and 19,646,357 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of the administered doses to 135,264,672.
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.
In an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said given the spread of the Omicron variant in the country and the new conditions it has created compared to previous strains, new criteria will be defined for coding a city “red” (very high-risk) in terms of infections.
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.