Iran’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed 600,000 on Friday with more than 8,000 infections identified in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari announced 8,011 new positive cases from Thursday to Friday, bringing the total number of new cases to 604,952, according to IRNA.
She also put the total death toll from the coronavirus at 34,478 after 365 people lost their lives during the same period.
Of the new positive cases detected since Friday, 2,745 patients have been admitted to the hospitals across the country, the spokeswoman added.
She said that at least 477,003 patients have recovered from the virus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers, 5,128 coronavirus patients have critical conditions because of more severe infection, Lari noted.
She noted that all provinces are still classified as red and yellow or are in alarming situation.
Red is the highest category on the country's coronavirus risk scale.
Iran has opted for a color-coded system of white for low-risk parts of the country, yellow for medium-risk and red for high-risk areas.
Lari said that no scientific research has proven that effective treatment of COVID-19 patients has been found so far. So, the only way to control this global challenge is to follow health protocols.
Following the increase in the number of fatalities and new infected cases in the country in recent weeks, authorities have announced new restrictions across the country to contain the spread of the virus.
Nonessential businesses have been shut in Tehran and dozens of other cities. 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.