Iran’s Health Ministry reported 97 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 56,457.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 6,317 people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases at 1,305,300, according to IRNA.
She also put the number of people who were admitted to hospitals across the country at 653.
The ministry’s spokeswoman said that at least 1,094,388 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far, or have been discharged from hospitals.
She noted that five cities in the northern province of Mazandaran and two cities in the northern province of Golestan are still classified as “red” – the highest category in the country’s color-coded risk scale.
Iran has been divided up into white, yellow, orange and red regions based on the number of infections and deaths.
Iran has imposed tough restrictions across the country since November to contain the spread of the virus. The restrictions and the people’s observance have led to a significant decline in the number of new cases and fatalities.
At the same time, the government has been trying to provide the people with reliable vaccines produced in other countries despite US sanctions, which have been the main obstacle in the way of the government purchasing the vaccines from foreign companies.
However, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the people should not worry about the purchase of coronavirus vaccines, saying that the government has made a prepayment for the purchase of vaccines from COVAX, an initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Rouhani expressed his appreciation of the people for their cooperation with the Health Ministry and observance of health protocols, which have led to the significant decline in the number of coronavirus cases and fatalities in the country, IRNA reported.
Undoubtedly, one of the most important issues for the government at this time is providing the people with the coronavirus vaccine, whether the homegrown vaccine, or reliable foreign vaccines, Rouhani said.
The government has made a prepayment for the purchase of vaccines from COVAX; millions of doses of vaccine will be made available to the public, Rouhani said.
“We are also looking for vaccines from other sources. So people should not worry about this at all,” he added.