Iran crossed the threshold of three million Covid-19 infections on Thursday, the health ministry said, as the number of daily cases of infections and deaths is falling after peaking in April.
In the past 24 hours, the country has officially registered 12,398 new cases and 153 deaths, bringing the total to 3,003,112 infected and 81,672 deaths, according to official statistics. Since the end of March, the country has been working to stem a fourth wave of Covid-19, blamed on an increase in the number of trips taken during the Persian New Year holidays (this year from March 18 to April 2) .
Tehran has based its hopes on vaccination to fight the health crisis, but the rollout of the immunization campaign launched in early February has progressed more slowly than the authorities wanted.
The country is in the midst of an electoral campaign just over a week before the presidential election on June 18. The campaign for the ballot, which was originally a source of concern over the spread of the virus, started in late May with little enthusiasm and largely on social media. But the ultraconservative candidate Ebrahim RaÏssi, considered the favorite, gave a speech at a rally on Wednesday in a crowded stadium in the southwest of the country, drawing criticism for not respecting health protocols.
According to the official Irna news agency, “more than 50,000People attended the event at the Takhti Football Stadium in Ahvaz City, filling the seats and the pitch itself. “The failure to respect social distancing and health protocols was very striking during the event», Noted the agency. Health officials in Iran have warned of signs that the recent downward trend in the number of infections could be reversed given some slackening among the population.