Iran red COVID cities down to zero

The Health Ministry in its latest update released on Friday said that the number of cities on red Covid-19 alert had dropped from two to zero over the past week as the spread of the virus slowed across the country.

2 May 2022
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The Health Ministry in its latest update released on Friday said that the number of cities on red Covid-19 alert had dropped from two to zero over the past week as the spread of the virus slowed across the country. 

High-risk regions, color-coded as orange, also declined sharply from 48 to 33 in one week and safer blue areas rose from 75 to 94.

In the last 24 hours, only 11 Covid patients died from the disease and 530 tested positive for the virus. At least 21 of Iran’s 31 provinces registered no coronavirus-related mortalities and nine logged only one death. 

Only the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan reported two fatalities over the past day. 

The significant drop in transmission, hospitalization and death rates can be contributed to the country’s high vaccination coverage. More than 76% of the population have received a first dose and 68.4% have been given a second shot.

Children between five to 12 years old are the least vaccinated age group. Some 24% have been administered the first dose and merely 11% have been given a second shot, Mohsen Zahraei, head of the Health Ministry’s office for vaccine-preventable diseases, said on Saturday.

Iran has also been giving out third booster shots to anyone over the age of 18 since last autumn.

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