0749 GMT December 06, 2022
Iran’s daily COVID-19 cases continued the rising trend which started over the past two days, surpassing 4,500 infection cases on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry figures.
The ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday that the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 39 and 4,615, respectively.
On Monday, the country had reported 3,519 new daily cases of infection.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 140,407 and 7,175,780, respectively.
The ministry said 1,440 people are in critical condition, and 477 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,895,961 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals and 49,717,847 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out across the country.
By Tuesday, 63,988,853 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 56,997,317, who had taken two jabs, and 26,367,512 who had received the third, booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 147,353,682.
Iran’s public vaccination against COVID-19 gained greater momentum under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi’s administration that took office in August 2021. The country has produced a number of COVID jabs and imported several batches of the vaccine.
The Iranian vaccines are COVIran Barekat (Barakat Foundation), Razi Cov Pars (Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute), Fakhra (Defense Ministry), Soberana 2 – or PastoCoVac (Cuba’s Instituto Finlay de Vacunas and Iran’s Pasteur Institute) – and Noura (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps).
On December 19, Iran reported its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. The spread of the new strain sparked the sixth wave of infections in the country, as it soon became the prevailing variant. Unlike the fifth wave caused due the spread of the Delta variant, the number of daily deaths in Iran did not witness a significant rise during the sixth wave thanks to the widespread public vaccination although daily cases reached over 39,000.
Top Iranian officials and health authorities earlier announced the country is past the peak of the sixth wave’s deaths and infections.
The National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus had announced a few days ago that physical attendance at the country’s schools and universities will become mandatory as of April 3. The country resumed full in-person education on the same day after two years.