Iran Reports Several Cases of S. African, Indian Coronavirus Infection
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the country's medical authorities have identified 38 suspected cases of infection to South African type of coronavirus and 13 cases infected with Indian variant of the virus.
Namaki made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with managers and health ministers of the Eastern Mediterranean countries which was held via videoconference on Wednesday.
He said that after the coronavirus outbreak, all countries got into trouble and the structure of the World Health Organization was not ready for the all-out attack.
He also said the issue of inequality among rich and poor countries in dealing with the pandemic was one of the issues discussed during today's meeting, adding that unilateral and cruel economic sanctions against Iran put a lot of pressure on Iran in the fight against the virus.
The Iranian health minister also pointed out that while the ongoing fourth wave of Covid-19 pandemic that the UK variant of the virus is blamed for is in decline, the new cases infected with newly-emerged Indian and South African variants of the virus are emerging across Iran.
Namaki went on to say that 38 suspected cases infected with the South African variant of coronavirus and 13 cases infected with the Indian variant have been so far been reported in Iran.
He called on the people to abide by the health protocols to avoid another deadly wave of the spread of the virus.
The Iranian health ministry announced on Wednesday that 15,872 new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 349 patients have passed away in the same period of time.
“A sum of 20,150 new patients infected with COVID-19 have been identified in the country based on confirmed diagnosis criteria during the past 24 hours,” Iran’s Health Ministry Public Relations Center said on Wednesday, and added, "2,449 patients have been hospitalized during the same time span.”
It further said that the total number of COVID-19 patients has increased to 2,591,609.
“Unfortunately, 349 patients have lost their lives in the past 24 hours, increasing the number of the dead to 73,568," the ministry noted.
It expressed satisfaction that 2,039,427 coronavirus patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals so far.
The center went on to say that 5,499 cases infected with COVID-19 are in critical conditions.