On Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani warned of a “fourth wave” of the Covid-19 virus in Iran, after the increase in the number of cases in parts of this Middle Eastern country most affected by the epidemic.
“It is a warning for all of us,” Rouhani said at the weekly meeting of the Coronavirus Committee.
And he warned that some towns in the southwestern province of Khuzestan are now “red” areas, after several weeks of low levels of pollution across the country.
This means that we are heading towards the fourth wave. We must all be vigilant to avoid this, ”Mr. Rouhani stressed.
Iran is the country most affected in the Middle East by the coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 59,000 deaths among more than 1.5 million infected people.
The Islamic Republic has officially recorded less than 7,000 daily infections since the end of December, but that threshold was crossed again in early February.
The daily death toll is still below 100, the lowest since June
Rouhani’s comments came a day after he received 100,000 additional doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine “ahead of schedule,” according to Kianush Jahanpur, head of public relations at the Ministry of Health.
The vaccination campaign began, Tuesday, after the delivery of the first batch of the Russian vaccine on February 4. Jahanpour said Iran had bought a total of 2 million doses of Sputnik V.
Health Minister Saeed Namaki said Iran will also receive 4.2 million doses of the Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccine, purchased through the international Covax mechanism, which aims to deliver vaccines to the most deprived countries..
Iran also began clinical trials of its own vaccine in December.