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Iran reports lowest number of daily COVID-19 cases in more than one year

An Iranian health worker inoculates a man against coronavirus at a vaccination center set up inside the Iran Mall in the capital Tehran on August 14, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Iran's Health Ministry has registered 1,686 new daily COVID-19 infections, the lowest tally over the past 460 days, marking a sharp decline in cases as the fifth wave of the pandemic subsides.

The ministry announced on Saturday that 58 Iranians died from the disease, noting that out of the new cases detected over the past 24 hours, 286 patients were admitted to hospital.

It added that 6,152,524 people in the country have contracted COVID-19 and 5,963,373 of the infected people recovered and were discharged from hospitals.

According to the ministry, 3,126 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units (ICU) while 39,951,481 diagnosis tests have been so far conducted across Iran.

Coronavirus figures have been on a downward trend since the government started a mass vaccination campaign. So far, 58,595,066 people have received the first dose of the COVID vaccine, 49,157,835 have received the second dosage and 2,237,841 have gotten the booster shots. The total number of vaccines injected in the country reached 109,990,742 doses.

Over the past 24 hours, 19 provinces reported almost no death case or only one dead.

According to the latest figures, eight cities are in the orange zones, 119 in the yellow category, and 321 cities are in blue zones. There is no city in the high-risk red zone.

Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber said on Wednesday that the country is fully prepared to roll out coronavirus booster vaccinations.

“Today there is neither concern nor any shortage in the supply of vaccine and the ground is ready for the third and fourth dose vaccinations,” Mokhber added.

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