(Tehran) Iran’s health ministry on Tuesday set a new daily infection record in a country whose capital, Tehran, is tackling newly enacted restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
Over the past 24 hours, the country has officially registered 27,444 new infections, a new daily record, bringing the total number of positive cases to 3,576,148.
Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, has also reported another 250 coronavirus deaths, for a total of 87,624, according to the ministry.
The authorities have previously admitted that official figures do not include all reported cases.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the National Coronavirus Committee has ordered administrations and banks to close for six days in Tehran and neighboring Alborz province from Monday evening, for the first time since the pandemic began.
The previous daily record of infection in the country, equal to 25,582, was reached on April 14.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has struggled for weeks to contain what the government calls a “fifth wave” of disease caused by the highly contagious variant of Delta.
As Iran prepares for three weekends – Wednesday through Friday – for the Muslim holiday of sacrifice, the committee issued a six-day ban on leaving or entering the two provinces by car.
On Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani lamented the “very weak” enforcement of the protection rules.
In Tehran, many residents go without a mask without worry.
Iran, financially taken under its throat by US sanctions that have been reinstated against it since 2018, says it is struggling to carry out commercial operations with foreign countries to import vaccines for its approximately 283 million people.
Faced with shortages, authorities approved the emergency use of two locally produced vaccines even before marketing approval was received.
According to the Ministry of Health, about 6.9 million people received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and only 2.3 million received the two required doses.