As Delta variant proves to be vaccine evasive and extremely virulent strain of coronavirus with new breakouts in Russia, UK and US, the Islamic Republic Health Minister requested travel ban to and from Russia. Saeed Namaki in a letter to National COVID-19 Task Force Spokesman demanded the subject to be discussed in the next meeting of “security committee” and make a swift decision to ban all flights to and from Moscow.
In the meantime, Bushehr officials warned about a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and infections across the province. Head of Health Network in Khuzestan announced increased hospitalizations has led to Andimeshk to be upgraded to “red,” again. Spokesman for Alborz Corona Combating Committee sounded the alarm for the fifth wave of coronavirus in Iran by saying the foreshocks in the southern cities are red flags! Ardabil officials expressed their worry over reduced compliance among residents. Deputy Head of Medical University announced 40% of Ardabilis use masks and warned about another breakout.
Dr. Tavakoli, Vice Chairman of Tehran Corona Combating Committee, stated the novel coronavirus is very much active in the capital and the sinusoid wave of cases and hospitalizations in Tehran is an alarm that the fifth wave of coronavirus is around the corner if protocols are not followed. He cited the 600-900 daily admissions to hospitals as an alarm. Tavakoli said during the summer, the best thing to do is increase vaccination coverage which has been halted for weeks!
On the other hand, Islamic Republic head of FDA, in an interview on national TV, repeated his previous claims that in summer months, more than 10million doses of homegrown vaccines will be produced. Dr. Shanehsaz also claimed the importing of foreign “reliable” vaccines will continue. Regime has imported vaccines from China, Russia, India and COVAX (AstraZeneca). Since February 9, total of 5,304,008 shots have been administered, and only 919,557 (1.09% of population) have received 2 shots. It is notable, while world powers, in addition to US, have decided to donate billions of shots to developing countries, Iran may not receive any of it, because Islamic Republic “Supreme Leader” has banned US and UK made vaccines in the country.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson announced her daily manipulated and undercounted figures. Sima Sadat Lari claimed 8,161 tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Iran in the past 24 hours and 111 died of COVID-19. She refused to provide any details on specific variants, even though Indian (Delta) and South African (Beta) strains have been identified in at least 8 provinces, including the southern parts of the country. Iran Medical Board officials believe the real numbers are at least 3 times higher than what is reported. Graphs illustrate the four deadly and ongoing wave of the virus in Iran in cooperation with 16 months of Islamic Republic incompetence and mismanagement.
Total: 3,095,135 (+8,141)
Dead: 82,965 (+111)
Critical: 3,279 (-28)
Active Cases: 263,850 (-4,257)
Tests: 22,449,366 (26.8% of the population, assuming each test was performed on 1 person)
Cover: Ali Haddadi-Asl