Iran recorded a further 117 deaths and 2,190 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday as the country continues to suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement comes the day after the official death toll in the country surpassed 21,000, with some observers suggesting the actual death toll could be higher.
Iran has recorded more than 365,000 cases of the coronavirus following a surge in recent weeks.
“Unfortunately, we have been facing a surge in coronavirus infections in recent weeks. I urge everyone to avoid unnecessary trips,” said Health Ministry Spokesperson Sima Sadat Lari on Wednesday.
Authorities had reported heavy traffic on roads leading to holiday destinations on the Caspian Sea in northern Iran, suggesting Iranians had not been following official advice to avoid unnecessary travel.