Iran continues to record its highest ever coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic after 25,490 infections and 395 deaths were reported over 24 hours on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s numbers were not the highest, however. Over the past week, the country has been reporting record-breaking cases daily.
Daily case numbers have almost quadrupled since January -- when an average of 6,000 daily cases were reported -- and tripled since last month.
The total number of Covid-19 cases in Iran now stand at 2,286,927 while deaths have reached 67,525 people. Iran is one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East.
The health ministry said 257 cities and towns across the country have been categorized as "Red Zones" -- where a semi-lockdown is in place, and non-essential businesses closed.