News ID: 90104
Publish Date : 10 May 2021 - 21:32
TEHRAN (Dispatches) – The Iranian health ministry announced on Monday that 14,408 new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 351 patients passed away during the same period of time.
"14,408 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 Monday, and added, "2,517 patients have been hospitalized during the same time span.”
It further said that the total number of COVID-19 patients has increased to 2,673,219.
"Unfortunately, 351 patients have lost their lives in the past 24 hours, increasing the number of the dead to 75,261,” the ministry noted.
It expressed satisfaction that 2,127,192 coronavirus patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals so far.
The center went on to say that 5,533 cases infected with COVID-19 are in critical conditions.
It added that 17,206,735 coronavirus diagnosis tests have so far been carried out across the country.
The health ministry public relations warned that still 46 cities are rated red, 263 cities are orange, and 139 cities are yellow.
President Hassan Rouhani says 13 million Iranians will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 22, as the country moves ahead with plans to develop a number of domestic vaccine candidates.
"According to the Health Ministry’s timetable, by the end of the [Iranian] month of Tir (July 22), 13 million people from the high-risk groups in the country will be vaccinated,” President Hassan Rouhani said during a meeting of his administration’s economic coordination office on Sunday.
Rouhani said his administration is determined to garner power for the

 domestic production of vaccines, but he noted that in the meantime, vaccine must be imported from other countries to save people’s lives, because "no time should be lost to this end.”
He pointed out that the process of preparing and supplying vaccines is not very easy, citing vaccine shortages in the world and restrictions created by sanctions against Iran’s payment system as problems faced by the country.
However, Rouhani continued, "given the efforts and measures taken, we can hope that supplying and importing vaccines would turn into a routine process with the necessary speed, such that there would be no lack of coordination and obstacles in this path.”
The president also said providing, supplying and producing vaccines are the main priorities for the Plan and Budget Organization (PBO), the Central Bank, and the Health Ministry.
The Foreign Ministry has also made special and effective efforts in this regard, he added.
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