Citizens from South Africa, India and Pakistan, where Omicron has been confirmed in many COVID-19 cases, have been permitted to enter Khuzestan. As IranTrue mentioned before, the Islamic Republic’s restrictions on borders are just a facade. It keeps making the COVID-19 crisis in Iran worse on purpose to make a buck at the cost of people losing their lives or it is pure inept and mismanagement. Dr. Abolnejadian from Ahvaz Medical University warned that cases are on the rise in 3 cities of Khuzestan. However, according to the illusion of the Ministry of Health, all cities in the province are in “blue” status!
Meanwhile, head of Virology Research Center at Behehsti University in Tehran warns about relaxing restrictions, reopening schools, universities and other businesses at the same time the unknown Omicron is taking over more countries by the day. Dr. Naji noted other countries going into lockdowns and enforcing restrictions while Islamic Republic “going back to normal!” He emphasized on more screening, faster and widespread vaccination with booster doses. The expert also asked for “better vaccines!” Despite all warnings, more provinces are relaxing their restrictions.
According to WHO, Sinopharm which is the main used vaccine in Iran, needs 3 doses to be considered “full vaccination”, besides the recommended booster shot of all other vaccines! Official data of the Islamic Republic indicate that since February 9, only 1,220,439 (1.45% of Iran population) have received 3 doses of these vaccines. The ineffective Sinopharm has also been administered to 12-17 year old students despite not being approved by WHO for that age range. While refugees in Iran, mostly the undocumented Afghans, have been deprived of any medical care and educational benefits for years, regime’s President claimed Iran has vaccinated them all “way ahead of EU countries!”
On the other hand, Tabas county in South Khorasan province is the first city to turn “red” again. Officials admit reopening of schools and not following protocols by students have led to the rise of cases and hospitalizations in the county. 2 weeks after mandatory in-person classes for all students, COVID-19 cases have begun to rise.
The Ministry of Health Spokesperson claimed 58 have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 2,157 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Professor of Epidemiology at Tehran University believes these numbers must be multiplied by 7 and Civil Registration Organization data show more than 312,000 have died of the disease since February 2020. Graphs illustrate the ongoing crisis in Iran and forming of the new wave.
Total: 6,131,356 (+2,157)
Dead: 130,124 (+58)
Critical: 3,278 (-18)
Active Cases: 85,033 (-5,199)
Total Tests: 39,201,601
Cover: Hadi Zand