TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 8,293 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest daily increase since the disease outbreak in the country, raising the total nationwide number to 596,941.
The pandemic has so far claimed 34,113 lives in Iran, up by 399 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.
A total of 472,598 people have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals, while 5,055 remain in intensive care units, she added.
According to the spokeswoman, 4,857,392 tests for the virus have been carried out in Iran as of Thursday.
Currently, the risk of infection is high in 26 Iranian provinces, Lari noted.
Following the COVID-19 resurgence in Iran over the past weeks, the health authorities have reintroduced strict protective measures and compulsory use of face masks in the capital Tehran and other major cities of the country.
Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on Feb. 19.