The warnings for the sixth wave of COVID-19 in Iran grow, while Islamic Republic officials trumpet the use of unapproved Sinopharm on students 12-18. Dr Jama’ati of COVID-19 Scientific Committee admitted the daily death toll is still high and attributed it to the remnant cases of Delta variant. He also emphasized that to prevent any more waves, the social gatherings and universities must remain closed. However, Health Minister had insisted on reopening schools and universities by mid-November, regardless of low double-dose vaccination rate among students and teachers.
At the same time, as IranTrue had reported in recent days, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Medical University announced the deceleration of decline in cases and reported a rise in positive coronavirus test results. Hormozgan officials also warned about “normalization” among citizens and sounded the alarm for the next wave. Gilan Medical University official who had promised “vaccination is the most important aspect in controlling the virus,” changed his mind and said, “vaccination is not enough!” Dr. Mehrabian said people should stop traveling and gatherings until the virus is under control. However, he did not mention anything about the most recent religious gatherings during Safar and Arbaeen.
On the other hand, the vaccination with “ineffective and unsafe” vaccines, especially for children 12-18 continues across Iran. The Ministry of Health announced AstraZeneca and PastoCoVac will be used as a booster shot for healthcare workers, regardless of their first two doses! The official data indicates, since February 9, total of 62,183,170 shots have been administered and only 18,230,064 (21.70% of population) have received both doses of these vaccines.
The Ministry of Health Spokesperson announced 185 have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 9,897 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 292,000 have died of the disease since February 2020. Graphs illustrate the ongoing massacre in Iran.
Total: 5,683,980 (+9,897)
Dead: 122,197 (+185)
Critical: 5,451 (-98)
Active Cases: 375,687 (-6,385)
Total Tests: 33,039,254
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