Iran’s Health Ministry registered 13,881 new coronavirus cases in the country in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of infections to 975,951.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put the total death toll from the deadly virus at 48,628 after 382 people lost their lives from Monday to Tuesday, according to IRNA.
The spokeswoman noted that 677,963 patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals across the country.
In recent days, Iran has seen decline in coronavirus cases and deaths following the imposition of new restrictions in West Asia’s worst-hit country.
The number of fatalities reached nearly 500 on November 16, prompting the authorities to introduce tougher restrictions in the country.
Health Minister Saeid Namaki on Sunday described the success in reducing the number of coronavirus deaths and new infections as a result of people’s cooperation and patience as well as the cooperation from officials, different institutions, NGOs and the assistance from the Interior Ministry and the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus.
On November 21, Iran announced new restrictions, including closing nonessential businesses and services in 160 high-risk towns and cities 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.
The head of Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization of Iran, Jamshid Ansari, also announced new restrictions on Thursday.
According to the new restrictions, government offices will be closed until Friday and operate with only those personnel who are considered essential by the officials.
Ansari underlined that the instruction includes all government employees.