COVID-19: Iran Reports Three Omicron Variant Deaths

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The Omicron variant was first detected in Iran in mid-December, according to the report, but this was the first time fatalities were reported in the country.

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According to the Associated Press (AP), citing Iranian state television, at least three Iranian citizens died on Saturday, January 15, after contracting the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the Coronavirus. The Omicron variant was first detected in Iran in mid-December, according to the report, but this was the first time fatalities were reported in the country. Meanwhile, a fourth person infected with the new variant is in critical condition, according to Mohammad Hashemi, a health ministry official in the country. He did not go into detail about the case, however.

Iran Reports
Iran Reports

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COVID has killed more than 132,000 people in Iran since the pandemic began, according to the report, making it the Middle East’s worst-affected country. On August 24, last year, 709 people died as a result of the disease. Immunization, according to health experts, has reduced the number of deaths in the country in recent months. In recent weeks, Iran has stepped up immunisation efforts, with over 53 million people receiving their second dose. In addition, the booster shot has been administered to at least 12 million people who are eligible.

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Iran has closed its borders with its neighbours.

It’s worth noting that Iran largely relies on the Sinopharm vaccine, which is manufactured in China. It also makes use of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine as well as an AstraZeneca vaccine. Iran also closed its borders with Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, and Armenia last month. On December 19, Iran discovered its first Omicron case in a traveller returning from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated B.1.1.529 as a “Variant of Concern,” assigning it the Greek letter Omicron. It has since risen to prominence in a number of countries around the world.

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