The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Iran exceeded 45,000 on Monday after the Health Ministry reported 453 fatalities during a 24-hour period – a slight decline in the number of daily fatalities.
During a press conference, the Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put the total death toll at 45,255, according to IRNA.
She added that 12,460 people tested positive from Sunday to Monday, bringing the total number of new infected people to 866,800.
She also said that 610,406 people have recovered from the coronavirus infection across the country.
The ministry’s official said that 27 of the country’s 31 provinces are still classified as “red”, the highest category in the country's virus risk scaling.
On Sunday, she said the highest rate of infections and deaths was reported in the provinces of Ilam, Semnan, Yazd and South Khorasan during the past week.
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, according to AP.
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.