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Iran records most COVID-19 cases in a single day, with 3,574 diagnosed

Health Ministry reports rise in infections in most provinces, decline in adhering to protocols and the wearing of face masks; death toll nears 25,000

A woman, wearing a protective mask due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walks past a graffiti depicting the legendary Persian hero Rustam (or Rostam) riding his horse behind a bound prisoner in Iran's capital Tehran on September 20, 2020. (ATTA KENARE/AFP)
A woman, wearing a protective mask due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walks past a graffiti depicting the legendary Persian hero Rustam (or Rostam) riding his horse behind a bound prisoner in Iran's capital Tehran on September 20, 2020. (ATTA KENARE/AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Tuesday announced the highest number of cases of the novel coronavirus in a single day, with 3,712 people infected in 24 hours.

“We are seeing an increase in confirmed cases, and daily hospitalizations in most of our provinces,” health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in televised remarks.

“The rate of compliance with health protocols and wearing masks is declining,” she warned.

The highest case number recorded before was on June 4, when 3,574 cases were detected, according to official figures.

Iran has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19, with the death toll standing at 24,656 people out of a total of 429,193 people infected.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wearing a protective face mask to help prevent spread of the coronavirus as he listens to a reciting of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, and a speaker at the empty mosque in his residence compound in Tehran, Iran, August 26, 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

On Monday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged people to respect government health regulations, implying that Iranians are taking the threat of the virus lightly.

Iran took various restrictive measures to stem the virus but without ever imposing a full lockdown, with its economy already hit after the United States reimposed sanctions in 2018.

While regions have been coded with a traffic light style system of risk — white, yellow and red — the health ministry has said the whole country should now be considered “red.”

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