Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said 885,054 coronavirus patients have recovered or have been discharged from the country’s hospitals, which is the result of heroic efforts by the medical personnel.
Since the beginning of the virus outbreak in Iran in February, the country’s health workers have been working hard to treat the coronavirus patients and are playing a major role in the country’s recent achievements in containing the spread of the virus.
On Sunday, many high-ranking Iranian officials in separate messages on the occasion of the National Nurse Day appreciated the medical staff, the nurses in particular.
The number of new infections, deaths and hospitalizations has significantly declined in recent weeks, which is the result of tough restrictions that have been imposed across the country since November 21 to stem the spread of the virus.
The government also extended the restrictions for Yalda Night, an ancient cultural festival marking the arrival of winter and the longest night of the year.
Iranians mark the festive occasion on December 21 every year, but on December 20 this year. They celebrate Yalda by gathering at the house of the elders until after midnight.
Shops were ordered to close two hours earlier, from 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raeisi announced on Saturday. A traffic curfew was brought forward an hour to 8 p.m. until 4 a.m.
Raeisi said there had been a decline of 50% in daily deaths from coronavirus since stricter restrictions were imposed.
On Sunday, the Health Ministry’s spokeswoman put the death toll from the coronavirus at 53,625 after it took the lives of 177 patients during a 24-hour period, according to IRNA.
Lari added that the number of new cases rose by 6,312 to 1,158,384 from Saturday to Sunday.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers, 5,563 patients have critical conditions, she said.
The ministry’s official also said that more than 7,046,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.