The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told national TV that 4,108 new cases were identified from Monday to Tuesday, with the total number of confirmed cases rising to 508,389.
A review of statistics released by the Health Ministry in the past 10 days (from October 4-13) shows that an average of 168 people have been infected and about 10 people have died from the coronavirus per hour in Iran. It also indicates that 101 people have been recovered every hour, according to ISNA.
According to the spokeswoman on Tuesday, nearly half of more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases detected in Iran since Monday were admitted to hospitals.
At least 411,840 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman added.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 4,570 coronavirus patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection, Lari noted.
The spokeswoman also said more than 4,369,600 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.
Iran has seen the hardest outbreak in the West Asia. Health officials have warned about a third wave of the pandemic, with the government urging people to adhere to health protocols.
The situation in the capital Tehran has worsened, prompting officials to tighten restrictions earlier this month, shutting down universities, schools, libraries, mosques, cinemas, museums and beauty salons.
On Saturday, the government ordered all Tehran residents to wear face masks outdoors and in public places, and warned violators would be fined 500,000 rials, or $1.6.
Authorities are planning to make mask-wearing mandatory in public in other large cities.
Tasnim and ISNA contributed to this story.