New coronavirus figures in Iran show a continued slowdown in COVID-19 fatalities following the imposition of new restrictions in West Asia’s worst-hit country.
The death toll from COVID-19 remained below 400 for the third day in a row on Monday, according to the Health Ministry.
The Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put the total death toll from the deadly virus at 48,246 after 371 people lost their lives from Sunday to Monday.
She added that the ministry registered 13,321 new positive cases during the same period, bringing the total number of new cases to 962,070.
The spokeswoman noted that 668,151 patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals across the country.
The number of fatalities reached nearly 500 on November 16, prompting the authorities to introduce tougher restrictions in the country.
Health Minister Saeid Namaki on Sunday described the success in reducing the number of coronavirus deaths and new infections as a result of people’s cooperation and patience as well as the cooperation from officials, different institutions, NGOs and the assistance from the Interior Ministry and the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus.
On November 21, Iran announced new restrictions, including closing nonessential businesses and services in 160 high-risk towns and cities as well as a ban on cars leaving or entering these locations.
A 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. ban on all driving is also in force in these areas.
Lighter restrictions apply in some 208 lower risk “orange” and 80 “yellow” cities.
The head of Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization of Iran, Jamshid Ansari, also announced new restrictions on Thursday.
According to the new restrictions, government offices will be closed until Friday and operate with only those personnel who are considered essential by the officials, according to IRNA.
Ansari underlined that the instruction includes all government employees.
He urged all people to take this instruction seriously in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.