1011 GMT December 09, 2022
President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi praised God and incessant efforts by the Iranian medical staff for the country’s improved and more stable situation in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other parts of the world, saying the reopening of businesses and education centers has rekindled hope among the people.
Making the remarks in an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, the president added that in light of the ceaseless efforts and sacrifices by the Iranian health and medical staff over the past two years, the country’s COVID casualties have dropped significantly, president.ir reported.
He urged Health Minister Bahram Einollahi to appreciate the country’s physicians and nurses in practice by ensuring the timely settlement and payment of their claims and salaries.
Raeisi warned against any laxity in observing the health protocols solely due to being secure in the knowledge that the daily COVID deaths and infections have declined.
“Over the past months, the COVID cases have decreased significantly and on some days, no death has been reported. However, these should not lead to the [wrong] assumption that the situation has returned to normal and refrainment from complying with the protocols.”
He also called on the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting state TV and the country’s universities of medical sciences to continue educating people on the contagious disease.
The Iranian Health Ministry on Saturday put daily COVID fatalities and cases at four and 136, respectively.
It added the country’s total death toll and infections since the outbreak in late February 2020 have reached 141,383 and 7,236,064.
According to the ministry, 221 patients are in critical condition.
Having experienced massive waves of COVID infections and deaths, Iran has achieved stability on the back of its widespread vaccination against the virus. So far, 150,305,593 doses of COVID jabs have been administered in the country with a population of over 80 million.