Iran records over 10,000 coronavirus cases in new daily high

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s daily novel coronavirus infections has crossed the 10,000 mark, the health ministry announces today, setting a new record as fatalities remained close to their all-time high level.

The latest official figure of 10,463 positive COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period comes only three days after the Islamic Republic exceeded 9,000.

Iran’s coronavirus caseload now stands at 692,949, the ministry says.

The virus also claimed 458 lives in the past day, raising the country’s overall number of fatalities to 38,749.

The previous fatality record of 459 came yesterday, according to official figures.

Iran recently imposed several rounds of short-lived restrictions across the country to contain the virus, but the rising deaths and infections have prompted calls by experts and officials for a full lockdown.

Tehran’s governor Anoushirvan Mohseni-Bandpey said today that the lockdown proposal was no longer on the agenda as a new set of measures had since been unveiled, state news agency IRNA reports.

The measures, announced on Saturday and set to last a month from tomorrow, force the closure of non-essential businesses such as malls, small retailers, cinemas and gyms from 6 p.m. until the next morning.

It will apply to Tehran, provincial capitals and certain highly populated cities, according to the national anti-virus taskforce.

Iran has not imposed a full lockdown since it was hit by COVID-19 in February, with President Hassan Rouhani arguing the country’s sanctions-hit economy cannot afford to be shut down for an extended period.


A woman, mask-clad due to the coronavirus pandemic, browses on a cellphone as she walks past a shop along a street in Iran’s capital Tehran on November 8, 2020. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

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