Iranian President Hassan Rouhani fears 5th wave of Covid due to Delta variant
President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday expressed fears that Iran would be hit by a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to an outbreak of the Delta variant. “There is concern that we are on the way to a fifth wave across the country,” Rouhani said at a meeting of the Iranian anti-virus task force, warning the public to be careful because “the Delta variant spread “in the southern provinces.
Iran is battling the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.
COVID-19 has killed more than 84,000 people out of more than 3.2 million infections detected in the Islamic Republic, according to official figures which authorities say do not account for all infections.
The health ministry has placed the capital Tehran and nine other cities in Tehran province in the “red” category – the highest category on the coronavirus risk scale in Iran.
The southern and southeastern provinces of Fars, Hormozgan, Kerman and Sistan-Balochistan are also now classified as “red”.
Strangled by US sanctions which have made it difficult to transfer money to foreign companies, Iran says it has difficulty importing vaccines for its population of 83 million.
Just over 4.4 million people received a first dose of the vaccine in Iran, while only 1.7 million received the necessary two doses, according to the health ministry.
“God willing, the situation will improve in terms of vaccinations from next week,” Rouhani said.
Iranian authorities have approved the emergency use of two locally produced vaccines.
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