One person is dying from coronavirus every three minutes in Iran, state television said on Wednesday, as the Health Ministry reported a record daily toll of 415 fatalities.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said total fatalities from the disease have reached 33,714.
The number of confirmed cases rose by 6,824 from Tuesday to Wednesday to 558,648, Lari added.
Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf tweeted that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, the latest among dozens of officials to be infected.
Iran’s former parliament speaker Ali Larijani tested positive for the virus in April and returned to work after convalescing for three weeks. Qalibaf took over his post in early June.
Earlier this month, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the vice president in charge of budget and planning both contracted the virus.
Of the new positive cases detected since Tuesday, 2,490 patients have been admitted to the hospitals across the country, the Health Ministry’s spokeswoman added on Wednesday.
She said that at least 467,917 patients have recovered from the virus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers, 5,012 coronavirus patients have critical conditions because of more severe infection, Lari noted.
She further said more than 4,821,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.
Nonessential businesses have been shut in Tehran and dozens of other cities as cases rise again in West Asia’s worst-hit country.
Schools, theaters and museums have been shut and social, cultural and religious events canceled.
Iranian authorities have blamed the sharp increase on people failing to follow restrictions.
The timing of the pandemic has proved disastrous for Iran's economy, which is under US sanctions reimposed in 2018 after the Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Tasnim and Reuters contributed to this story.