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Despite vaccination push, Iran nearing sixth wave of COVID

Despite rising vaccination rates, Iran sees a sixth wave of coronavirus on the horizon. 
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After approximately a month of relatively lower COVID-19 numbers in Iran, it appears that the virus is back on the rise for a sixth wave, despite the fact that the fifth wave never fully ended.

In the last 24 hours there have been over 11,000 new confirmed cases, with nearly 2,000 hospitalizations. In the same time period, there have been 162 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, bringing the official death toll to over 124,000, though officials have said the real numbers could be twice as high. During the peak of the fifth wave, daily deaths were well over 500 consistently and in previous lows the daily death toll was double digits. 

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