According to the Ministry’s Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari, the ministry registered 13,922 new positive cases from Wednesday to Thursday, bringing the total number of new cases to 1,003,494, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
She added the death toll from the fatal coronavirus stood at at 49,348 after 358 people lost their lives in the said period.
Out of the total 13,922 new positive cases in the past 24 hours, 1,921 patients have been hospitalized, Lari said.
The spokeswoman noted that 699,315 patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals across the country.
She added that 6,256,715 tests have been carried out in the country since the start of the outbreak.
On November 21, Iran announced new restrictions, including closing nonessential businesses and services in 160 high-risk towns and cities as well as a ban on cars leaving or entering these locations.
A 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. ban on all driving is also in force in these areas.
Lighter restrictions apply in some 208 lower risk “orange” and 80 “yellow” cities.
The head of Administrative and Recruitment Affairs Organization of Iran, Jamshid Ansari, also announced new restrictions on Thursday.
According to the new restrictions, government offices will be closed until Friday and operate with only those personnel who are considered essential by the officials, according to IRNA.
Ansari underlined that the instruction includes all government employees.