0633 GMT September 29, 2022
The Iranian Health Ministry announced on Wednesday the country’s daily COVID-19 fatalities and infections stood at 33 and 2,356, respectively.
The total COVID-19 deaths and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 140,711 and 7,199,861, respectively.
The ministry said 1,376 people are in critical condition, and 311 new patients have been hospitalized.
According to the statement, 6,930,509 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals and 50,195,632 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out across the country.
By Wednesday, 64,128,824 Iranians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 57,247,858, who had taken two jabs, and 26,636,535 who had received the booster shot, bringing the total number of administered doses to 148,013,217.
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 by 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 under the administration of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, although daily cases reached over 39,000.
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.
Top Iranian officials and health authorities earlier announced the country is past the peak of the sixth wave’s deaths and infections.
As per a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, physical attendance has been resumed at the country’s schools and universities since April 3, after two years.
In an address to an open session of Parliament on Tuesday, Health Minister Bahram Einollahi said Iran is among the world’s top 10 countries in terms of the fight against the coronavirus.
He added that when the Raeisi administration took office in August 2021, the country was under disastrous circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as many patients were in hospitals, daily deaths had reached record highs of 700, people had been quarantined and there was a severe shortage of vaccines.