"2,489 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours based on confirmed diagnosis tests and 1,406 patients have been hospitalized," Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Sunday.
She added that the total number of coronavirus patients in Iran has increased to 222,669.
Sadat Lari expressed pleasure that 183,301 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
She said that 10,508 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, including 144 in the past 24 hours.
Sadat Lari said that 2,946 coronavirus patients are unfortunately in critical conditions, adding that 183,301 patients have recovered and left hospitals.
She said that 1,610,869 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the country so far.
The ministry’s spokeswoman, meantime, voiced concern about the increasing number of coronavirus patients in Khuzestan, Kurdistan, West Azarbaijan, Hurmozgan, Kermanshah, Bushehr, Ilam, East Azarbaijan and Khorassan Razavi provinces.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said earlier this month that over 1,000 medical centers in the country have received necessary equipment to conduct tests on people suspected of infection to coronavirus, and added that Iran ranks first in the Muslim world in scientific achievements.
"Based on a report [by the health ministry], 1,200 centers across the country are ready to take samples and tests from people and 17,500 nursing and health homes are also prepared to provide hygiene and treatment services to people," Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting approximately all countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 501,600 people and infected over 10.1 million others globally.
The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
As the death toll from the virus surges, Iran intensifies its preventive safety measures. Closures of schools and most universities have been extended until further notice.