Iran has reported a record number of more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19, as most of the country is put on red alert over the coronavirus pandemic.
The highest single-day rise of 4,151 infections in the previous 24 hours took the number of diagnosed cases to 479,825, the Health Ministry reported.
Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state television that 227 COVID-19 patients had also died in the past 24 hours, mounting the total deaths to 27,419.
This was announced a day after Iran reported 235 new death from the novel virus, a figure equal to the record-high death toll previously set on July 28.
According to officials, the majority of Iran’s provinces are currently classified as red – the highest level – in a colour-coded scale denoting the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The situation in the capital Tehran has worsened, with provincial authorities indicating it will be compulsory to wear masks in all public places in the capital from Saturday in a bid to halt the spread.