1112 GMT August 10, 2020
Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that provinces of East and West Azarbaijan, Ilam, Bushehr, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Zanjan, Kurdestan, Kermanshah, Golestan, Mazandaran, and Hormuzgan are classified as red, the highest level on the country's color-coded risk scale, according to IRNA.
She added that the provinces of Tehran, Fars, Ardebil, Isfahan, Alborz, South Khorasan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Kerman, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Lorestan, Hamadan, Yazd, and North Khorasan are on alarming situation.
Iran has been struggling since late February to contain the country's COVID-19 outbreak, the deadliest in West Asia.
Official figures have shown an upward trajectory in new confirmed cases since early May, when Iran hit a near two-month low in daily recorded infections.
On Sunday, Lari said that the peak of the coronavirus outbreak has begun in nine provinces.
The outbreak's rising toll has prompted authorities to make wearing masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces and to allow the hardest hit provinces to reimpose restrictive measures.
Iran closed schools, canceled public events and banned movement between its 31 provinces in March, but the government progressively lifted restrictions from April to reopen its sanctions-hit economy.
Officials in the capital, the country’s most populous province, enforced new restrictions on Tuesday after a worrying rise in the coronavirus infections and death toll.
The ministry’s spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the number of people tested positive for COVID-19 infection rose to 262,173 following the detection of 2,521 new cases across the country from Monday to Tuesday.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 3,389 patients have critical health conditions, Lari noted.
Lari put the death toll from the coronavirus at 13,211, saying the disease took the lives of 179 patients.
She noted that at least 225,270 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across the country.
The spokeswoman added that more than 2,023,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.