Health minister: 7th COVID-19 wave starts in Iran

Women wearing headscarves walk in the streets of Tehran near, Tajrish Square, on July 12 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)

TEHRAN / MANILA / SINGAPORE / WELLINGTON – Iranian Health Minister Bahram Einollahi said on Sunday that the seventh wave of COVID-19 infections has started in the country, official news agency IRNA reported.

The Iranian Health Ministry reported 5,751 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, while 13 people died from the virus over the past 24 hours

At a press conference, he called on the people to receive a booster dose of vaccines and observe the health protocols especially wearing face masks in crowded indoor places.

The Iranian Health Ministry reported 5,751 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, while 13 people died from the virus over the past 24 hours.

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Among the new cases are 656 hospitalized, of whom 516 are in critical condition, the ministry said.

Since the coronavirus outbreak in Iran in late February 2020, 7,278,478 people have been infected with the virus, including 141,499 deaths, it added.

New Zealand

New Zealand recorded 7,612 new community cases of COVID-19 and 22 more deaths from the pandemic, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.

In addition, 363 COVID-19 cases have recently traveled overseas, it said.

Currently, 797 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, including 20 in intensive care units or high dependency units.

New Zealand has reported 1,498,402 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic hit the country in early 2020.

Health workers conduct COVID-19 swab tests on residents at a village in Quezon City, the Philippines on May 31, 2021. (AARON FAVILA / AP)


The Philippines' Department of Health reported 2,560 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,733,101.

The DOH said the number of active cases climbed to 19,873, the highest since April 18. The agency has reported over 2,000 new cases for the fourth straight day, but the hospitalization rate remains low despite the rising number of infections.

The Philippines reported the highest single-day tally of new COVID-19 infections at 39,004 cases on Jan. 15. The country, with an around 110 million population, has fully vaccinated over 71 million people.

A vendor wearing a protective facemask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus serves a customer at a fruit stall in Singapore on May 8, 2020. (ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)


Singapore reported 6,947 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total tally to 1,596,046.

Of the new cases, 694 cases were detected through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and 6,253 through ART (antigen rapid test) tests, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

Among the PCR cases, 653 were local transmissions and 41 were imported cases. Among the ART cases with mild symptoms and assessed to be of low risk, there were 5,985 local transmissions and 268 imported cases, respectively.

A total of 789 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with 14 cases in intensive care units.

Three deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 1,453, the ministry said.