0245 GMT May 27, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi underlined the necessity of continuing physical presence at the country’s educational centers with seriousness.
Making the remark in an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, he added that the suspension of in-person attendance at schools and universities has irrecoverable negative impacts on the education sector, among which are the students’ academic failure, president.ir reported.
Highlighting the importance of observing the health protocols at education centers, the president noted that if a student displays COVID-19 symptoms, his presence in class will not be compulsory; but the issue must not lead to schools’ closure or any disruption in other students’ physical attendance.
Commemorating World Health Day (April 7), Raeisi praised efforts and sacrifices by the domestic medical staff, particularly since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country in late February 2020.
He said the implemented measures have assuaged people’s concerns and protected their health.
Expressing satisfaction with the impact of the public vaccination on the reduction of COVID casualties in the country, Raeisi called on the domestic health and treatment community as well as the media to encourage people to receive a third dose, booster shot, of the jab.
The administration’s policy is convincing public opinion in this regard and “we believe that if people are well informed about the issue, they will cooperate with the country’s health authorities”, he said.
Iran’s public vaccination gained greater momentum under the Raeisi administration on the back of the rise in domestic production and imports.
The country has produced a number of jabs including 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). It has also imported several batches of vaccines.
The Health Ministry announced on Saturday, 64,058,452 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 57,120,485, who had taken two jabs, and 26,494,155 who had received the booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 147,673,092.
In its Saturday statement, the ministry added the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 49 and 1,757, respectively.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country stand at 140,577 and 7,188,749, respectively.
The ministry said 1,647 people are in critical condition, and 304 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,913,934 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals and 49,959,336 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out across the country.
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 any significant rise during the sixth wave on the back of 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 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.