Iran surpassed 1 million total coronavirus cases on Thursday after reporting 13,922 infections in 24 hours, the health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state-media.
The country has been battling a third wave of Covid-19 infections since the beginning of October with daily record-breaking increases reported across the nation.
Iran is the worst-hit country in its region in both case and death numbers. On Thursday, 358 deaths were also reported bringing the total to 49,348 deaths.
Living under tough economic US sanctions, the country has avoided a complete lockdown but opted to impose tougher restrictions on government institutions and non-essential businesses.
Iran’s Minister of Health Saeed Namaki said on Wednesday that the country has put in a pre-purchase vaccine order with the World Health Organization through the COVAX program, which they intend to receive as soon as global distribution starts.
"We have pre-purchased 16.8 million coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization's COVAX and we have joint production with other countries,” Namaki said according to state-news agency IRNA.