The number of fatalities from the coronavirus continues to decline in the country following the recent tough restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the virus.
Iran’s Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 20 fewer deaths comparing to the previous day.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put the total death toll from the virus at 48,990 after 362 people lost their lives from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to IRNA.
The ministry also registered 13,621 new coronavirus cases in the country in the same period, bringing the total number of infections to 989,572.
In recent days, Iran has seen a decline in coronavirus cases and deaths following the imposition of new restrictions.
On Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani pointed to the “successful” implementation of the restrictions and people’s cooperation in observing the health protocols, expressing hope that different cities would quickly to be removed from the list of the cities classified as “red” – the highest category in the country’s color-coded risk scale.
President Rouhani made the remarks during a meeting of the country’s National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus.
Iran has been divided up into white, yellow, orange and red regions based on the number of infections and deaths.
According to a report by the country’s coronavirus task force, 64 out of 160 cities registered as high-risk cities since November 21, are still in the “red” zone.
Accordingly, tough restrictions will continue for another week in these cities. The report added that Tehran will be classified as “orange” as of Saturday.
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 government also announced new restrictions on Thursday, saying that government offices will be closed until Friday; they will operate with only those personnel who are considered essential by the officials.
Iranian government has also announced that it will place orders for vaccines developed by major international pharmaceutical companies while it pursues its own plans to develop a home-made vaccine to tackle COVID-19.
An Iranian deputy transportation minister said on Tuesday the country has officially begun preparations for transfer and storage of vaccines needed to battle the spread of COVID-19.
Shahram Adamnejad said that works had started to set up special storage houses in an Iranian airport to take delivery of COVID-19 vaccines that need to be stored in ultra-cold freezers.