Iran on Sunday reported its highest number of single-day novel coronavirus infections in nearly a month, warning that most of its provinces have been affected by a resurgence of the disease.The Islamic Republic has been battling the deadliest COVID-19 epidemic in the Middle East since the end of February.
After a lull in deaths and infections from April to May, it now appears that the first affected provinces, including the holy city of Qom, are back in the same place as the numbers are on the rise.
Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said 2,685 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest one-day number in the country since July 8.
This brings the total number of cases identified since the end of February to 309,437, she added.
208 other people also died during the same period, bringing the overall toll to 17,190 people.
According to Lari, the situation is “worrying” in 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces.
“Unfortunately, since the end of June, daily infections have been on an increasing trajectory” in Qom in central Iran, she said.
“We fear that the trivialization of the situation and lax compliance with health protocols will lead to a worsening of the epidemic in the province. ”
Lari warned of a trip to Mazandaran, a popular northern tourist resort at the forefront of the outbreak where daily infections had more than quadrupled in the past six weeks.
Official figures show a marked increase in deaths and infections since the end of June.
As a result, the wearing of masks was made compulsory in the covered areas and the provinces were given the power to reimpose restrictive measures.
Iranian media reported that famous Iranian filmmaker Khosro Sinai, 79, died of the virus on Saturday.
Celebrated and awarded at numerous Iranian and international festivals, the Sinai was the last high profile figure to succumb to COVID-19 in Iran after several government officials and politicians.