Iran announces first virus mutation case


Published: 2021-01-05 15:57

Last Updated: 2021-05-06 02:25

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC


Iran has detected the first coronavirus mutation case, which was discovered for the first time in the United Kingdom, according to what the Minister of Health announced Tuesday.

Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said in televised statements, "Unfortunately, the first case of mutated COVID-19 was detected in one of our citizens who arrived from England."

He explained that the concerned person "entered a private hospital, and our extensive examinations showed that [the virus] was of the mutated type."

The monitoring of the mutated version of the virus, which experts say is transmitted faster, has prompted more than 50 countries in the world, including Iran, to impose restrictions on travel to and from the United Kingdom.

Namaki did not provide details about the identity of the infected person, but confirmed that no traces of the mutated virus were recorded with his family and his contacts, and that he isolated himself shortly after his arrival.

As of Tuesday, Iran announced that one million and 255,620 people had been infected with the virus, of whom 55,748 died, according to Ministry of Health spokeswoman Sima Sadat Larry.

Larry today reported that 98 people have died in the past 24 hours.