Hossein Modarres-Khiabani said that presently Iran produces 11 million facial masks in one single day while the number was previously 190,000 masks per day, IRNA reported.
He added that his ministry is following the instructions set by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei who stressed the need to boost national production and named the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 20, 2020) as the year to “Surge in Production”.
Modarres-Khiabani added some clothing factories changed their production line and started to produce masks in three shifts to help the country in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iran, the worst-hit country from the coronavirus in West Asia, has been battling a resurgence of the virus, with official figures showing a rise in both new infections and deaths since a two-month low in May.
This has prompted Iran to make wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimpose restrictions lifted gradually since April to reopen the country’s sanctions-hit economy.
On Tuesday, Iran confirmed over 2,700 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day count in more than a month.
The ministry’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday the number of people tested positive for COVID-19 infection rose to 317,483 following the detection of 2,697 new cases from Tuesday to Wednesday.
She put the death toll from the novel coronavirus in Iran at 17,802, saying the disease took the lives of 185 patients since Tuesday.
She also noted that at least 274,932 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across the country.