The pace of the coronavirus pandemic is slowing down in Iran as the number of fatalities and infections keep dropping in over 20 provinces.
“The COVID-19 disease is following a completely downward trend in 21 provinces across the country,” said Deputy Health Minister Alireza Reisi.
“Eight provinces have passed the peak of the disease, and the growing trend of the diseases has halted in three provinces,” he added.
“In two weeks’ time, the number of hospitalized patients, which currently stands at around 3,700 per day, will drop below 3,000,” he explained.
The official said efforts should gather pace to further immunize the society by vaccinating citizens who have not received the coronavirus jab, so far.
“The next peak in the coronavirus disease in the country is projected to strike in November. But if people are vaccinated, we will not see a large number of deaths among patients any longer even if the number of infections increases,” he explained.
“The first objective of vaccination is to decrease the number of fatalities among patients, and the second goal is to implement the smart quarantine plan,” he said.
He added the number of inoculation centres in the country is to increase to avoid long queues at vaccination centres.
Iran registered nearly 27,000 new cases on September 9, 2021, bringing the total caseload in the country to well over 5.2 million.
As many as 538 patients lost their lives in the same day, taking the overall death toll from COVID-19 to more than 112,000.