Iran has registered a new record number of daily deaths in the coronavirus pandemic, with 239 fatalities in the past 24 hours, Iranian state TV says.
More than 4000 new infections were recorded in the same period, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Lari said on Wednesday, bringing Iran's total caseload to 483,844, with 27,658 related deaths.
A curfew has been in place in several large cities since Sunday in a bid to control the spiking infection rate.
In place initially for a week, the restrictions are likely to be extended.
The situation in the capital Tehran with its 13 million inhabitants is particularly bad.
Health experts are sounding the alarm and are particularly concerned about bottlenecks in patient medical care.