Iran reported 6,968 new coronavirus cases and 346 deaths from Monday to Tuesday, the highest daily number both in positive cases and death toll.
Speaking during a daily press conference on Tuesday, Health Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the new positive cases brought the total number of coronavirus cases to 581,824.
She also announced another single-day record for new deaths from the coronavirus, according to IRNA.
Lari said that 346 people lost their lives from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 33,299 across the country which is the worst-hit in West Asia.
"Currently, the number of new cases and daily hospitalizations is on the rise in almost all provinces of the country," Lari noted.
Of the new cases detected since Monday, 2,495 patients have been admitted to the hospitals, she added.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers, 4,995 coronavirus patients are in critical health conditions, Lari said.
The ministry’s spokesperson noted that at least 463,600 patients have recovered from the disease so far across the country.
Iran on Monday imposed new restrictions on businesses in 43 cities where the coronavirus infection rates have been alarming in recent days.
Lari said that 27 of Iran's 31 provinces are still on the coronavirus red alert.
It has opted for a color-coded system of white for low-risk parts of the country, yellow for medium-risk and red for high-risk areas.
Authorities have complained of poor social distancing, and Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi said last week the death count could soon rise to 600 a day if Iranians fail to respect health protocols.
Some hospitals had run out of beds to treat new patients, the head of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus told the state TV.
"Our doctors and nurses are tired. I urge everyone to respect the protocols," Alireza Zali said, according to Reuters.
The closure of schools, mosques, shops, restaurants and other public institutions in Tehran that was due to end on Monday would now be extended until Nov. 20, the state TV reported.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday urged “decisive” action to stem rising cases of the novel coronavirus at a public meeting in Tehran with the national committee battling the pandemic.
The prerequisite for proper management is “taking decisive governance decisions,” “convincing public opinion” and securing “cooperation of all institutions as well as the cooperation of the people,” he said.