According to Dr. Hemmati of Shiraz Medical University, all students must receive both doses of the unsafe and unapproved Sinopharm, and 2-3 weeks after their second dose, the schools could reopen. He claimed this is the National COVID-19 Task Force position about the schools. However, the distrust between the people of Iran, including parents and students, have caused low turnout for vaccination. Khuzestan officials warn the vaccination is not enough and must be expanded as much as twice to prevent the sixth wave! Dr. Alavi of Ahvaz Medical University believes 83% of population must be vaccinated to reach “herd immunity.” Ministry of Health data indicate only 18,600,554 (22.14% of population) have received both doses of one of these vaccines.
Semnan Governor wants officials to “convince people to vaccinate” and not assume COVID-19 is over. Following Fars, Hormozgan and Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, Markazi announces the “decline in cases has stopped” and officials are worried the next wave is crawling up. Markazi Governor admitted COVID-19 cases are on the rise in 5 cities in the province. Arak Medical University reported 67% of the eligible population in Markazi have not received even a single dose yet! Head of Kerman Medical University expressed his worry about the “normalization among people and beginning of the next wave!” Dr. Rashidinejad also reported only 35% of students have received a shot in the entire province. Dr Abolnejadian from Ahvaz Medical University announced rising cases in 3 of Khuzestan cities.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Health Spokesperson claimed 173 have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 7,654 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: 5,691,634 (+7,654)
Dead: 122,370 (+173)
Critical: 5,368 (-83)
Active Cases: 367,749 (-7,938)
Total Tests: 33,144,555
Cover: Fatemeh Rahimavian