Iran recorded more than 200 deaths from the novel coronavirus in one day following the rise in the number of new infections and fatalities.
Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 211 people lost their lives due to the coronavirus in the country from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 26,957, according to IRNA.
Speaking at a daily press conference on Sunday, she said that the number of positive cases rose by 3,653 to 471,772 during the same period.
Of the new infections since Saturday, 1,483 people have been hospitalized, Lari said.
She added that 4,154 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition and are being treated in intensive care units.
The spokeswoman said that 389,966 of the patients have recovered or have been discharged from hospitals.
Iran, the worst-hit country in the West Asia, has been facing the resurgence of the novel coronavirus in recent weeks.
On Saturday, Iran announced a one-week closure of high-risk businesses and institutions in Tehran Province to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the new set of restrictions, universities, boarding schools, seminaries, language schools, vocational schools, educational institutions, libraries, mosques, museums, theaters, zoos, theme parks, aqua parks, swimming pools, banquet halls, wedding venues, coffee shops, tea houses and hair salons must shut down from Saturday to Friday.
“Holding any social, cultural, religious ceremonies and gatherings is also banned,” a deputy Tehran governor said.
President Hassan Rouhani warned that flouters of new restrictions will be penalized.
Speaking during a meeting of the national taskforce for fighting the coronavirus, Rouhani said civil servants and businesses will face punishment if they violate the new health guidelines.
“We approved that all our civil servants in the country, whether in governmental or non-governmental sectors, and those who own a business, will be dealt strongly if they do not care about [the rules],” he noted, explaining that punishments range from a reprimand to a one-year suspension from work.
Businesses which do not abide by the coronavirus restrictions will be closed, Rouhani added.