21 New British Coronavirus Cases Detected in Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Alireza Rayeesi said that 21 patients infected with the British COVID-19 have been detected in the country, adding that 4 of these cases have died so far.
Rayeesi said on Thursday that 21 cases of the British version of coronavirus have been identified in some provinces, sadly adding that 4 of the patients have succumbed to the mutated virus.
He noted that the patients infected with the British coronavirus are from the provinces of Tehran, Alborz, Qazvin, and Khouzestan.
In relevant remarks last week, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the coronavirus mutation originating in Britain has spread to Iran.
“A 71-year-old woman in Tehran has been diagnosed with infection to British coronavirus (who had not traveled to any foreign country) and another case has been witnessed in Qazvin province and the two cases indicate that the UK mutated coronavirus is spreading in the country,” Namaki said on Saturday, February 13.
He warned of hard days ahead due to the spread of the coronavirus mutation in Iran, saying that the same health protocols met to prevent the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic should be met against the new virus.
Namaki underlined the need for increasing the number of rapid coronavirus tests and PCR tests in the country.
On January 5, he announced that Iran has registered its first case of a highly contagious British coronavirus from a person who had just returned from Britain.
“Unfortunately, we found the first case of the mutated British COVID-19 from a dear compatriot who had returned from England,” he said.
Iran announced on January 10 that 4 new patients infected with the highly contagious British coronavirus have been identified in the country who had all traveled to foreign states.
Namaki said on December 21 that the UK travelers who have arrived in Iran over the past two weeks will be quarantined until results of their medical tests are known.
“All people who have arrived from Britain either directly or indirectly over the past two weeks should be screened, quarantined and strictly controlled till the results of the related tests are known,” he said in a decree to one of his deputies.
Meantime, Chairman of the Headquarters for Executing Imam Khomeini’s Order (HEIKO) Mohammad Mokhber underlined in January the capability of the Iran-made vaccine to deactivate the new British coronavirus, saying that the country hopes that the vaccine can also resist against other types of COVID-19 virus mutations.
“The Iranian vaccine has shown very excellent performance against the mutated coronavirus spreading in Britain and we hope that the Iran-made vaccine will succeed in confronting the future mutations of the coronavirus too,” Mokhber said.