According to the statement, 20,732 new cases of infection with the COVID-19 were detected in the country over the past 24 hours, and 3,009 of them were hospitalized, IRNA reported.
It added that 2,004,949 patients out of the total of 2,555,587 infected people have recovered or been discharged from hospitals.
Moreover, among those currently undergoing treatment in the country’s medical centers, 5,461 patients are in critical condition, read the statement.
It added that 16,240,345 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out across the country.
The ministry also announced that 198 cities in the country are coded red, while 157 cities are categorized as orange, adding that based on a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.
It put the number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities at 84 and nine, respectively.
As per a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, since April 10, Iranian red and orange cities entered a partial lockdown, initially imposed for two weeks, to control the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, which has led to a spike in the number of daily infections, deaths and hospitalizations, according to ISNA.
This was announced by the task force’s spokesman, Alireza Raeisi.
Under the partial lockdown, a number of restrictions have been imposed such as travel bans, closure of businesses and public places and limiting public gatherings.