Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced new COVID-19 restrictions that will take effect on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces for the next 10 days as the nation battled the third wave of the pandemic.
The daily tally of Coronavirus deaths hit a record high of 434 on Sunday, said the Health Ministry, taking the national toll to 35,298. The number of confirmed cases reached 620,491 with the addition of 7,719 within a single day.
Iranian authorities blamed a sharp increase in cases on people failing to follow restrictions.
Rouhani said an operations headquarters will be set up to ensure compliance with the health protocols.
To stem the rising cases, the government banned wedding, wakes and conferences along with the closure of institutions such as schools, universities, libraries and mosques.