News ID: 273193
Published: 0138 GMT August 21, 2020

Ministry: New infections, deaths from coronavirus dwindle

Ministry: New infections, deaths from coronavirus dwindle

The number of the new infections and death toll from the novel coronavirus has dwindled in recent days, which is the result of people’s observance of the health protocols, the country’s Health Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that the current situation in the country is a reflection of people’s behavior in complying with the health protocols in recent weeks, IRNA reported.

Speaking at a press conference, Lari noted that the daily death toll from the coronavirus in Iran continues to fall.

She said the disease took the lives of 112 people from Thursday to Friday, bringing the total death toll from the virus, known as COVID-19, to 20,376,

She also said the total number of people tested positive for the COVID-19 in the country rose to 354,764 following the detection of 2,206 new cases in the same period.

Of the new cases detected since Thursday noon, 1,071 patients have been admitted to the hospital, she added.

At least 305,866 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman said.

Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 3,794 coronavirus patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection, Lari noted.

She further said more than 2,987,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.

Iran has been battling to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak since announcing its first cases on February 19.

Authorities have made wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimposed restrictions lifted gradually since April.

Iran has also said that it plans to buy a coronavirus vaccine recently unveiled by Russia.

However, head the country’s National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus in the capital said on Tuesday Tehran will wait for the World Health Organization's approval before buying the Russian vaccine.

Russia said on August 11 that it had developed the world's first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against COVID-19 and was in the final stage of human trials.

"We are waiting for the international community, including the World Health Organization, (before) we buy the vaccine from Russia," Alireza Zali said, according to AFP.

"In order for the vaccine to be used, genuine and independent organizations such as the World Health Organization must comment on it and approve it, which has not happened yet," he told a news conference in Tehran.

"After scientific approval... we will negotiate with Russia to get the vaccine," said Zali.





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