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Iran reports record daily coronavirus cases of 10,463

FILE PHOTO: An Iranian man wearing a face mask walks on a street after Iranian authorities made it mandatory for all to wear face masks in public following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tehran, Iran, October 10, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s health ministry reported on Monday a rise of 10,463 in the number of daily coronavirus cases, bringing total cases in the Middle East’s worst-affected country to 692,949.

Ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 458 people had died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 38,749.

Iran’s government has imposed restrictions as the country battles a third wave of the virus. Starting on Tuesday, for one month, all non-essential businesses must close at 6 p.m, Iranian media reported.

Some hospitals have run out of beds to treat new patients, Nader Tavakkoli, a member of Iran’s national coronavirus taskforce told the ISNA news agency.

“Beds allocated for coronavirus patients are full at hospitals,” Tavakkoli said. “We should have a temporary phase of two weeks closure in Tehran to control the wave of the disease ... meanwhile we can get into planning.”

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Jon Boyle and Edmund Blair