0400 GMT September 20, 2020
Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi announced a 25% decrease in the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the country as a result of observing health protocols by people.
New figures in recent days have shown a significant decrease in the number of deaths and infections from the coronavirus across the country.
Referring to the decrease in the number of hospitalizations following the use of masks and observance of health protocols in the country, Harirchi warned that the decrease in the statistics should not be an excuse to ignore the health protocols by people.
The deputy health minister made the remarks in a televised interview on Tuesday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday called on people to continue observing the health protocols.
All people must observe the health protocols and social distancing at least for the next six months until a safe and effective vaccine is developed and widely distributed, Rouhani said.
Rouhani’s remarks came a day after the Health Ministry said Iran is witnessing a decrease in the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths by the coronavirus with the cooperation of the people over the past month.
Authorities have made wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimposed restrictions lifted gradually since April to reopen the country’s sanctions-hit economy.
On Tuesday, Iran’s Health Ministry reported 184 more deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total death toll to 18,800.
Speaking at a daily press conference on Tuesday, the ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari noted that at least 288,620 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across the country.
The number of people tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Iran rose to 331,189 following the detection of 2,345 new cases since Monday noon, the spokeswoman added.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 3,983 patients have critical health conditions because of more severe infection, Lari noted.
She added that more than 2,736,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.
Iran, the worst-hit country by the coronavirus in the West Asia, reported its first cases in the city of Qom in February.
Mehr News Agency and Tasnim News Agency contributed to this story.