The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the total number of new coronavirus cases in Iran rose to 446,448 following the detection of 3,362 new cases since Saturday, IRNA reported.
Of the new cases detected since Saturday, 1,377 patients have been admitted to hospitals, she added.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 4,059 coronavirus patients are in critical condition, Lari noted.
She further put the death toll from COVID-19 in Iran at 25,589, saying the disease took the lives of 195 patients from Saturday to Sunday.
At least 374,170 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far, or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman said.
Referring to the decreasing trend in the use of face masks and compliance with health protocols, the ministry’s spokeswoman said this issue has led to the increase in the number of infections and deaths.
The resurgence of the coronavirus in the country has prompted the authorities to enforce new restrictions across the country.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday authorized the country’s provinces to impose lockdowns wherever necessary to stem a rapid rise in coronavirus cases.
“We are forced to intensify regulations and supervisions, starting in the capital Tehran,” Rouhani said in televised remarks.
The president said government-run coronavirus task-force offices around the country would make recommendations on restrictions and whether to impose one-week lockdowns.
Measures could include “restrictions or shutdowns” of schools, universities, seminaries, mosques, cafeterias, sports and cultural venues, hair salons.
“If provincial governors deem it necessary, these centers will have to close for a week,” Rouhani said.
He said the stepped-up restrictions would include punishment for not wearing a face mask or breaching health protocols in public places.
Iran’s health officials have expressed alarm over a surge in infections, urging the people to respect health protocols to control the spread of the disease.
Tasnim News Agency and Reuters contributed to this story.