COVID-19 in Iran

Iran // 18 October, 2020

At least 526,490 cases and 30,123 deaths. For more information, see The Islamic Republic News Agency here.

Status: Outbreak

18 October: Cases continue to surge, with more than 4,000 daily cases reported for the last week. More than 30,000 people have died out of the 526,490 confirmed cases to date.

Restrictions in the capital, Tehran, have been extended for a third week until at least 23 October. A ban on travel in and out of five heavily affected cities, including Tehran, has been in effect since 14 October.

10 October: Cases continue to rise with over 4,000 cases reported in the previous 24 hours. Wearing of masks in public is now mandatory in the capital Tehran.

4 October:  The authorities have implemented a lockdown in Tehran, this includes; schools libraries, mosques and many other public institutions. The shutdown will last for at least one week. 

29 September: The country has reported the highest number of cases in the Eastern Mediterranean region. At least 3.9 million samples have been tested in Iran.

12 September: Iran’s death toll now exceeds 23,000 and an additional 2,139 cases have been reported in the past 24 hours. The total cases in the country will surpass 400,000 this weekend.  

8 September: An increase in case numbers have been noted since the last update. More than 3,406,000 tests have been conducted and about 335,000 people have recovered. At least 13 provinces are in "red" which includes Tehran, Mazandaran, Gilan, Qom, Isfahan, Khorasan Razavi, East Azerbaijan, Kerman, North Khorasan, Semnan, Yazd, Zanjan and Qazvin. Another 15 provinces in "alert" are West Azerbaijan, Alborz, Fars, Lorestan, Hormozgan, Ardabil, Bushehr, Kermanshah, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, South Khorasan, Markazi, Ilam, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Golestan and Khuzestan.

15 August: Official case numbers may significantly under-represent the true toll of COVID-19 in Iran. It is one of the hardest-hit nations in the Middle East. Cases began rising again in mid-June and have continued since.

The provinces of Mazandaran, Tehran, Qom, Golestan, North Khorasan, Ardabil, Isfahan, Alborz, Khorasan Razavi, Kerman, Semnan, East Azerbaijan, Central, Yazd and Gilan are "red." Fars, Ilam, Lorestan, Hormozgan, Zanjan, Qazvin, West Azerbaijan, Bushehr, Hamedan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad are also on alert.

19 July: Cases continue to surge in Iran with thousands of new daily cases. A total of 271,606 cases have been confirmed, of which 13,979 have died. Tehran, the capital city, will be under restrictions for one-week from 18 July. Cafes as well as entertainment, religious and cultural attractions are closed.

7 July: Around 2,500 daily new cases continue to be reported. A record high number of deaths (163 deaths) was reported on 5 July. In total there have been 243,051 cases confirmed, including 11,731 deaths and 204,083 recoveries. Over 3,200 people remain in critical condition. Some businesses in Tehran have been closed again amid ongoing transmission.

See the June updates for Iran here.

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