Iran has registered its highest single-day COVID-19 death toll of the pandemic, according to state media reports. The country's Health Ministry said Tuesday that 709 people with the disease had died since Monday and 7,727 patients were in critical condition. The ministry said 40,600 new cases were confirmed in the same 24-hour period. The previous daily record for COVID-19 deaths in Iran was set Sunday. The country reported its highest daily tally of confirmed cases — more than 50,000 — a week ago. The highly contagious delta variant is fueling the surge in new cases. A five-day lockdown in the country that included a ban on the use of personal cars between provinces recently ended. Only some 8 per cent of Iranians have been fully vaccinated.
Authorities have said that less than 40 per cent of the population follows measures such as wearing face masks and social distancing.