Iran’s Health Ministry said on Sunday that most of the country’s provinces are still in the high-risk "red" category or alarming situation.
In a daily press conference, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that the provinces of Mazandaran, Tehran, Qom, Golestan, North Khorasan, Ardebil, Isfahan, Alborz, Khorasan Razavi, Kerman, Semnan, East Azarbaijan, Markazi, Yazd and Gilan are still classified as “red”, the highest level on the country's color-coded risk scale.
Lari added that the provinces of Fars, Ilam, Lorestan, Hormuzgan, Zanjan, Qazvin, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Hamedan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad are on alarming situation, according to IRNA.
She urged the people to observe the country’s health protocols in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Lari said that the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Iran rose to 343,203 following the detection of 2,133 new cases from Saturday to Sunday.
The ministry’s spokeswoman also said that the virus claimed the lives of 147 more Iranians during the same period, bringing the total death toll to 19,639.
However, she noted that at least 297,486 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across the country.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 4,881 patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection, Lari noted.
She added that more than 2,861,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.
Iran has been battling to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak since announcing its first cases on February 19.
Declared virus-related deaths and infections in Iran rebounded since hitting months-long lows in May. But, new figures in recent weeks have shown a decrease in the number of deaths and infections across the country.
Authorities have made wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimposed restrictions lifted gradually since April to reopen the country’s sanctions-hit economy.