Death toll from the COVID-19 remained below 400 for the second day in a row on Sunday following the implementation of new restrictions which came into force last Saturday to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
The number of the fatalities reached nearly 500 on November 16, prompting the authorities to introduce tougher restrictions in the country.
After nearly one month, the daily number of the deaths from the COVID-19 came below 400 for the second day in a row, Health Minister Saeid Namaki said, adding that, “Today we had 389 deaths".
Namaki described the success in reducing the number of coronavirus deaths and new infections as a result of people’s cooperation and patience as well as the cooperation from officials, different institutions, NGOs and the assistance from the Interior Ministry and the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus.
Speaking at a daily press conference on Sunday, the ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put the total death toll from the deadly virus at 47,874 after 389 people lost their lives from Saturday to Sunday.
Lari added that the ministry registered 12,950 new positive cases during the same period – a significant decrease in new infection figures in recent days.
She put the total number of new cases at 948,749.
The spokeswoman noted that 658,292 patients have recovered or been discharged from the hospitals across the country.
Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raeisi on Saturday reported a slowdown in coronavirus infections, saying that 89 of 160 cities were out of the designated high-risk category, according to Reuters.
“I thank our dear people for taking the appropriate precautions and tolerating the restrictions,” Raeisi said on state TV, adding that public adherence was 90 percent.
Last week, Iran announced new restrictions, including closing nonessential businesses and services in 160 high-risk towns and cities as well as a ban on cars leaving or entering these locations.
A 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. ban on all driving is also in force in these areas.
Lighter restrictions apply in some 208 lower risk “orange” and 80 “yellow” cities.
Head of Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization of Iran Jamshid Ansari also announced new restrictions on Thursday.
According to the new restrictions, government offices will be closed until Friday and operate with only those personnel who are considered essential by the officials, according to IRNA.
Ansari underlined that the instruction includes all government employees.
He urged all people to take this instruction seriously in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.