Daily COVID infections in Iran during the 24-hour period to Tuesday continued setting new records, surpassing 34,000, with the deaths standing at 357, according to the Health Ministry’s figures.
In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry put the exact daily COVID-19 infections at 34,951, saying the total COVID-19 infections and death toll since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020 stand at 3,758,197 and 89,479, respectively.
It added that 5,100 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and of the newly-detected cases, 3,708 individuals have been hospitalized.
The ministry said 3,291,979 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals.
It also announced that 25,667,604 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country, and 10,971,009 doses of COVID vaccines have been administered.
The Health Ministry said 232 cities in the country are coded red (very high-risk), while 117 are in the orange zone (high-risk).
Based on a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.
The number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities are 99 and zero, respectively, according to the ministry.
The country has been grappling with a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic since a few weeks ago, mainly sparked by the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant, known as Delta.
Tehran Grand Bazaar and banks as well as all public and private organizations and offices in the Iranian capital were closed for six days, during July 20-25, in an effort to curb the pandemic in the province.
The same closures and COVID restrictions were enforced in the northern province of Alborz, neighboring Tehran.
Tehran’s COVID condition
Commenting on Tehran’s situation in terms of the coronavirus spread on Tuesday, Dr. Alireza Zali, the head of the Iranian capital’s anti-COVID task force, said over the past few days, the number of hospitalizations has shown an accelerating trend.
He added on Monday, over 9,700 COVID patients were detected in Tehran, noting that the figure is expected to reach 10,000 in a day or two.
Zali said in addition, between 19,000 and 20,000 patients with COVID-19 symptoms were referred to the capital’s medical centers on Monday, which is a very high figure.
He put the number of hospitalized patients in Tehran’s intensive care units at 2,600.
Zali expressed hope that with the public vaccination gaining greater momentum and an increase in the level of compliance with the health protocols, the fifth wave of infections would subside.
New groups on target
On Tuesday, Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki, in a letter to one of his deputies, called for starting the vaccination of five new target groups in the country against COVID-19 on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir (this year falling on July 29) – the day when the Prophet Muhammad appointed Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Imam of Shias, as his successor and Muslims’ next leader.
In his letter to Alireza Raeisi, the health minister listed the new groups as the public transport system staff, prisoners, teachers, reporters and diabetic patients.
The inoculation of teachers against the disease has been prioritized as the government plans to reopen schools in Iran following a long pandemic-caused hiatus in late September.
Commenting on the reopening of the schools, Education Minister Mohsen Haji-Mirzaei said this year, preparing the ground for the in-person attendance of students and teachers at schools is the ministry’s definitive policy, according to aftabnews.ir.
He added that vaccination of teachers is definitely among the ways to alleviate families’ concerns.
Second batch on Friday
Moreover, the Iranian government’s spokesman Ali Rabiei said the second batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated to the Islamic Republic by Japan will be delivered on Friday, entekhab.ir wrote.
He added over the past few days, the first Japanese consignment was handed over to Iran, noting that with the delivery of the second batch, the amount of the donated doses will reach 2.9 million.
Iran’s COVID cases continue setting new daily records