Iran’s Health Ministry said on Saturday that the country is witnessing a decrease in the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths by the coronavirus with the cooperation of the people over the past month.
"It has been a month since the launching of the '#I wear mask' campaign, and with the cooperation of the people, we are witnessing a decrease in the number of cases of illness, hospitalizations and deaths across the country," Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said at a daily press conference on Saturday, IRNA reported.
Lari put the death toll from the coronavirus in Iran at 18,264, saying the disease took the lives of 132 patients from Friday to Saturday.
She added that the number of people tested positive for COVID-19 infection rose to 324,692 following the detection of 2,125 new cases since Friday noon.
The ministry’s figures in recent days show a significant decrease in the number of deaths and infections across the country.
The Health Ministry’s spokeswoman noted that the number of coronavirus positive cases that have recovered from the viral disease has surpassed 282,000.
She said at least 282,122 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across the country.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 4,148 patients have critical health conditions, Lari said.
She added that nearly 2,662,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.
Iran, the worst-hit country from the coronavirus in West Asia, has been battling a resurgence of the virus, with official figures showing a rise in both new infections and deaths since a two-month low in May.
This prompted authorities to make wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimpose restrictions lifted gradually since April to reopen the country’s sanctions-hit economy.