TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Health Ministry on Friday reported 2,539 new COVID-19 daily cases, taking the country's total infections to 6,217,320.
The pandemic also claimed 24 lives in the past 24 hours, taking the tally, since its outbreak in February 2020, to 132,026, said the ministry.
A total of 6,060,680 people have recovered from the disease or been discharged from hospitals across the country, while 1,409 remain in intensive care units, according to the ministry.
By Friday, 60,269,896 Iranians have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and 53,018,325 of them have taken two jabs. Meanwhile, 11,974,000 people in the country have received the third doses.
The report added that 43,245,362 tests have so far been carried out across the country.
According to official IRNA news agency, Yunes Panahi, deputy minister of Research and Technology of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said on Thursday that the spread of Omicron strain of COVID-19 in the northwestern city of Ardebil in Iran has increased sharply over the past days.
Panahi announced the identification of about 800 people with Omicron strain across the country. ■