At least 458 more coronavirus-related fatalities have raised the death toll in Iran to 38,749, the country’s Health Ministry said on Monday. 

Some 10,463 more people tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, pushing the overall count up to 692,949, Sima Sadat Lari, the ministry spokeswoman, said.

She added that 525,641 patients have recovered so far, while 5,561 remain in critical condition.

Lari warned that all of Iran’s 31 provinces are currently recorded as red zones with high risk of coronavirus transmission.

Iran is struggling to contain the pandemic since February, when the first cases were confirmed in the city of Qom.

* Writing by Zehra Nur Duz in Ankara.

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