According to official data, the total number of patients in the country is more than 160 thousand, of whom more than eight thousand people died.
“Strict adherence to measures of social distancing and the use of masks is absolutely necessary in the coming days,” Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told Iranian television.
Iran began easing restrictive measures in early April to support a weakened US economy. At that time, the total number of patients in the country was about 70 thousand.
The COVID-19 outbreak forced Iran to seek financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund for the first time since 1960. In addition, the government was forced to sell a significant part of state property and resort to loans in the local market.