Iran’s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported a new record in coronavirus cases and deaths during a 24-hour period.
During a daily press conference, the ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari announced 13,721 new positive cases from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the total number of the new cases to 880,542, according to IRNA. She said that the daily toll from the disease rose by 483 to 45,738.
The ministry’s official added that at least 617,715 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far across the country.
President Hassan Rouhani recently ordered new measures to limit the spread of the virus amid a renewed surge in the number of cases.
Iran, the worst-hit country in the West Asia, has increased the number of tests to detect the virus.
The country has also imposed new restrictions in a bid to decrease the number of positive cases and fatalities.
On Saturday, Iran announced tougher restrictions, 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.