Member of National Scientific Committee of COVID-19 criticized the government for reopening schools and keeping them open, even in “red” cities, amid Omicron surge. Dr. Mardani warned the number of deaths are on the rise and will probably increase even more, and reported hospitalizations have risen 8 times from weeks ago. Deputy Health Minister in Research and Technology reiterated the point and admitted “reopening schools and universities was premature.” However, Director of PR Office of the Ministry came out denying Dr. Panahi’s quote, saying “media have misunderstood what he meant!” Hashemi has been in the business of translating other officials since he has taken office.
Head of Bushehr Medical University warned about shortage of Pediatric ICU beds and reported 20% of all admissions are among children. Dr. Malekizadeh expressed his concern over “worrisome condition of the province.” A 10-month-old infant passed away due to Omicron in East Azerbaijan. According to provincial officials, more than 35% of tests turn positive and “may increase in coming days which is worrisome!” Dr. Khayatzadeh reported 6-7 daily death toll and average of 225 hospitalizations per day.
Kermanshah, Fars, Markazi, Ardabil, Tehran, and West Azerbaijan report more than double COVID-19 hospitalizations and warn about shortage of healthcare staff and beds. Khuzestan officials believe hospitalizations and deaths are closing the fifth wave, dominated by Delta variant. Dr. Alavi said February 7, with 375 cases per million, the sixth wave reached a new record. He reported 12 deaths in Khuzestan in the past 24 hours, “not a small number.” Gilan reports 57% increase in COVID-19 cases in the province and emphasizes on online schooling.
Meanwhile, Islamic Republic is not implementing even the “protocols” that were supposed to be kicked in as the “color” of a city changes, such as travel ban to/from “red” cities. Reportedly, none of those restrictions are enforced. As Persian New Year approaches, the theocratic regime is prepared to blame everything on people, the traditional small family gatherings and traveling in personal cars, while encouraging massive religious gatherings and state-propaganda programs such as “Fajr Film Festival” or “anniversary parade.”
Following the warning from the head of FDA about shortage of “some medicines” in Iran, today, Deputy Head of Pharmacists Association of Iran said many simple drugs, such as expectorants, naproxen, diphenhydramine, and antibiotics are scarce in several provinces and many report shortage of other medications across Iran.
According to official definition of “full vaccination” and Ministry of Health data, since February 9, only 21,470,719 (25.56% of Iran population) are vaccinated against COVID-19 with these vaccines. It is estimated that more than 53 million Iranians are at risk of contracting Omicron. The majority of shots used in Iran are the ineffective Sinopharm and COVIran Barekat. WHO recommends 3 doses of Sinopharm to be effective against Delta but studies have found the vaccine ineffective against Omicron.
The Islamic Republic “Supreme Leader” banned the relaibale US and UK made vaccines, leading to tsunami of deaths during Delta wave. Khamenei promoted his foundation’s shot, COVIran Barekat, which failed miserably. Multiple “homegrown” vaccines, including PastoCoVac, COVPars, Fakhra, Noora, Spikogen, never met the expectations and none of them has published their results or received recognition/approval from international health organizations. WHO even warned about fake AstraZeneca shots used in Iran. The Ministry of Health denied the report saying the international health body meant the “black market doses used.”
The Ministry of Health Spokesperson claimed 168 have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 28,956 tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Number of daily tests performed in the country continue to decline despite experts advice to have a more active case finding. Active cases soar and critical patients reach a new record. Professor of Epidemiology at Tehran University believes these numbers must be multiplied by 7 and Civil Registration Organization data show more than 320,000 have died of the disease since February 2020.
Total: 6,835,221 (+28,956)
Dead: 133,886 (+168)
Critical: 3,410 (+36)
Active Cases: 374,135 (+315)
Total Tests: 46,144,867