Surgical masks became mandatory in all public places in Iran after the country appeared to lose control in its battle against Covid-19.
He reported a record 163 deaths attributed to the respiratory pandemic in the past 24 hours, the highest number of daily deaths in the country since the disease struck Iran.
In a daily briefing, Iranian health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari also reported 2,560 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of people confirmed to have contracted the virus to at least 240,000.
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