According to Spokeswoman of the Health Ministry Sima Sadat Lari, the novel coronavirus has killed 406 more Iranians over the past 24 hours, mounting the total death number to 36,985, IRNA reported.
At least 505,000 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, Lari added.
She added out of the total 8,772 new diagnosed cases in the past 24 hours, 2,789 patients have been hospitalized.
She noted among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 5,472 coronavirus patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection.
Lari further said that some 5,110752 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in Iran.
To stem a third wave of the virus in Iran, the government has shut schools, mosques, shops and restaurants in most of the country since early October and on Monday imposed a four-day ban on travel in and out of 25 provinces, including Tehran.
The government has also banned weddings, wakes and conferences in the Iranian capital until further notice. Tehran is the most populated city in Iran and is believed to have the highest coronavirus mortality rate.
On Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani said that new restrictions will take effect on Wednesday in 71 cities including 25 of Iran’s 31 provincial capitals for 10 days.
The head of the virology department at Masih Daneshvari Hospital in Tehran, Alireza Naji, has warned that Iran could reach 900 confirmed coronavirus deaths per day if more restrictions on movement and gatherings are not imposed.
Deputy Minister of Health Iraj Harirchi noted that the number of COVID-19 patients will rise in the coming days as the number of tests increases.
Harirchi said people should know that “the most important indicator” of the spread of the respiratory disease is “the daily death rate.”
He said between 10 and 18 percent of those hospitalized for COVID-19 have died.