0105 GMT December 09, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called on domestic organizations to refrain from holding unnecessary gatherings and ceremonies to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Making the remarks in an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Raeisi also highlighted the necessity of providing people with the required trainings in terms of controlling the pandemic and strict supervision and precise control over compliance with the health protocols, IRNA reported.
Hailing Iranians’ epic presence in Friday’s nationwide rallies held to mark the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and their favorable compliance with the health protocols during the ceremonies, he said that despite the COVID-19 circumstances, people across the country proved their heartfelt love and respect for the sacred Islamic Establishment.
Warning against the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the president stressed the importance of paying greater attention to the implementation of the preventive measures, noting that merely being vaccinated against the virus will not be sufficient.
He added the Interior Ministry, in cooperation with other related organizations, is responsible for complete supervision over compliance with the health protocols and implementation of the anti-COVID task force’s decisions.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Saturday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 133 and 18,598, respectively.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 133,570 and 6,780,453, respectively.
The ministry said 3,343 people are in critical condition, and 2,078 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,281,274 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 45,980,540 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
By Saturday, 61,477,263 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 54,772,244, who had taken two jabs, and 21,084,795 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 137,334,302.
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.
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.
In similar remarks a few days later on Saturday, the Iranian government’s spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi urged the country’s people to receive the third does of the COVID vaccine lest efforts by the domestic medical staff go down the drain.