1229 GMT December 09, 2022
Iran is almost past the peak of the sixth wave of COVID-19 infections, sparked due to the spread of the Omicron variant, thanks to efforts by the domestic medical staff, said the health minister.
Making the remarks in a meeting with the families of the Iranian medical personnel martyred in the fight against the coronavirus, Bahram Einollahi said the country’s casualties have been considerably lower during the sixth wave compared to the previous ones, IRNA reported.
The minister said the coronavirus proved that those global powers that boasted of their wealth and equipment are not as strong as they thought, noting that the World Health Organization is amazed at Iran’s capability to stand on its two feet in the fight against the pandemic and curb it despite being under tough U.S. sanctions.
Hailing efforts by Iranian health workers who have lost their lives in the battle against the coronavirus, Einollahi said that history would never forget these heroes.
He added that according to the WHO figures, Iran is among the world’s top 10 countries in terms of public vaccination against COVID-19.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Friday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 214 and 11,972.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 136,166 and 7,023,904, respectively.
The ministry said 4,197 people are in critical condition, and 1,940 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,602,417 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 47,014,581 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.
By Friday, 62,674,913 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 55,324,216, who had taken two jabs, and 22,838,334 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 140,734,825.
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.