Tehran Pandemic Status Unstable


Despite the recent decline in Covid-19 cases and deaths in Iran, the deadly outbreak has not been contained in the Iranian capital Tehran, the head of the city’s coronavirus taskforce said. 
“Circumstances in Tehran are still fragile and unstable,” Alireza Zali added. “We will hopefully witness a sharper drop in infections and deaths with more interventions,” ISNA reported.
The health official was referring to the restrictive measures imposed in the past two months to stem the spread of the infectious disease. The safety protocols include nightly curfews, travel bans and closure of many non-essential businesses.
Zali said, “We have some 2,990 hospitalized patients in Tehran. Nearly 300 were admitted in the past 24 hours, 101 of them are hospitalized in intensive care units.”
Pointing to the figures, he noted that transmission rates have changed insignificantly over the last week and recommended that restrictions should be extended for another week.
Health officials have asked the public to refrain from home gatherings during winter nights, as data collected by the Health Ministry show that 51% of coronavirus transmissions take place in family gatherings in enclosed spaces.
Iran reported 6,200 daily cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, only 15% of whom required hospital admission, taking the total tally past 1.170 million, spokeswoman for the Health Ministry, Sima Sadat Lari, said.
“Within the past 24 hours, 187 more Covid-19 patients lost their lives, bringing the death toll to 54,000,” the health official added.
Lari said more than 903,000 have recovered from the respiratory illness and 5,460 are in critical condition, adding that Iran has carried out 7.14 million PCR tests in the past 10 months to track infections.
Although no city around the country is on the highest coronavirus alert level anymore, some 205 cities have been tagged as orange and 243 as yellow.
Over 77.82 million have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic and 1.71 million have died.

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