The number of COVID-19 deaths seems to have taken an upward trend in Iran over the past weeks, with the country’s health officials saying more than 80 people have lost their lives in the past 24 hours in the latest wave of the pandemic.
Iran’s Health Ministry was cited by the state media as saying on Thursday that the viral pathogen killed 84 people over the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 142,738 across the country.
The ministry added that based on definitive diagnostic criteria, 7,396 new patients with COVID-19 had been identified in the country over the past day, with 1,341 of them been hospitalized.
The total number of COVID-19 patients in the country was reported to have reached 7,459,175, and 7,140, 272 patients were said to have recovered or been discharged from hospitals.
Iran’s Health Ministry said 64,827, 712 people have so far received the first dose of coronavirus vaccine, 58,199,805 people have received the second dose and 30,319,127 have received the third.
The ministry stressed that the total number of vaccines injected in the country had reached 153,346,644 doses. Also, 6,953 doses of anti-corona jabs have been injected across the country in the past 24 hours.
The Iranian health officials have already warned of the seventh wave of the COVID-19 reaching its peak due to import of the highly transmissible Omicron variant from such countries as India into the country.
On the first day of June, the number of daily coronavirus deaths in Iran reached zero after more than two years of strenuous medical efforts aimed at containing the health crisis.
Coronavirus figures kept declining in Iran thanks to the government's mass vaccination campaign and despite ruthless US sanctions against Tehran and its health system.
The sanctions were imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump under a “maximum pressure” campaign and have been maintained by the current administration of Joe Biden, which has refused to soften the bans.
Iranian officials have described the sanctions as “economic terrorism” and “medical terrorism” for their deadly impact on ordinary people.
The bans, however, backfired and helped the Islamic Republic rely on its own medical and pharmaceutical capacities to develop domestically-manufactured anti-COVID vaccine, so much so that the country’s health experts rose through the ranks and promoted Iran as one of the few exporters of the coronavirus jabs.