News ID: 277146
Published: 0231 GMT November 22, 2020

Iran reports 475 more deaths from coronavirus

Iran reports 475 more deaths from coronavirus

National Desk

Iran’s Health Ministry said 475 people lost their lives from new coronavirus from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 44,802.

The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that the new positive cases rose by 13,053 to 854,361 during the same period, according to IRNA.

Of the new positive cases, 2,160 people were hospitalized across the country.

She said that 27 of the country’s 31 provinces are classified as “red”, the highest category in the country's virus risk scaling.

During the past week, the highest rate of infections and deaths was reported in the provinces of Ilam, Semnan, Yazd and South Khorasan.

West Azerbaijan was also among the provinces that reported the highest rate of infections.

Referring to the new restrictions imposed across the country since Saturday, she called on executive bodies seriously implement the regulations.

On Saturday, Iran announced tougher restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus, including closing nonessential businesses and banning travel bans.

To encourage people to stay at home, the government has ordered the closure of nonessential businesses and services in 150 high risk “red” towns and cities, where more than 53 million people live, 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.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the two-week restrictions could be extended if the desired results were not achieved.

Like many other countries in recent weeks, Iran has been struggling to curb the spread of the disease. Authorities have refrained from imposing a full-scale lockdown amid concerns that such a step could wreck an already sanctions-hit economy.











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