Iran registered 39,619 new infections in the 24 hours to Sunday, taking the total since the pandemic started to 4,158,729, the ministry said
. During that same period it recorded 542 deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 94,015, it added.
Iranian health officials have acknowledged that the Islamic republic’s Covid figures underestimate the real toll.
But Iran remains the Middle East country worst hit by the pandemic. Covid infections have been surg-ing since late June, in what officials have warned is a “fifth wave” caused by the highly infectious Delta variant.