0851 GMT December 03, 2022
Iran’s daily COVID-19 deaths continued on Friday the growing trend that started a few days ago due to the spread of the Omicron variant, surpassing 140, according to the Health Ministry figures.
The ministry announced in a statement on Friday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 143 and 31,247, respectively.
Iran reported 116 and 130 daily deaths on Wednesday and Thursday.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 133,437 and 6,761,855, respectively.
The ministry said 3,261 people are in critical condition, and 2,781 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,260,240 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 45,898,905 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
By Friday, 61,428,247 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 54,745,040, who had taken two jabs, and 20,937,247 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 137,110,534.
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.
Following the end of the fifth wave of infections, which had been triggered mainly due to the spread of the Delta variant, and had caused Iran to see daily fatalities and cases of above 700 and 40,000, a relative calm was restored to the country, with deaths and infections dropping on some days to below 20 and 10,000, respectively, mainly due to the greater momentum of public vaccination under the administration of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi.
Following reports of the spread of the Omicron variant in different countries in November 2021, related authorities in Iran began issuing warnings about the necessity of full compliance with the health protocols and receiving the third dose of the COVID jab.
In an address to a meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus last week, President 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.
On Tuesday, Iranian Health Minister Bahram Einollahi said 90 percent of the patients hospitalized in the country due to the Omicron infection are those who have not been vaccinated.
He called on the people to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.