New Delhi: The oil-rich Kingdome of Iran on Sunday reported 11 new deaths from the deadly coronavirus, taking the total death toll in the country to 54. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: China Sends Experts to Iran to Contain Infection as Death Toll Touches 34

As per reports from the health ministry on February 28, the coronavirus had claimed 26 lives in Iran, with a vice president becoming the latest top official to be infected with the deadly virus. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Iran Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar Newest Patient of COVID-19, Claim Reports

Speaking to local reporters, Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour had on February 28 said that the tally of infections had risen to 245 with 106 more cases confirmed — the highest number for a single day since Iran announced its first infections on February 19. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre Asks  Indian Travellers to Avoid Visiting Iran, Italy, South Korea

However, the Islamic republic has the highest death toll from the coronavirus outside China, where COVID-19 first emerged.

According to media reports, among the deceased in Qom on Thursday was theologian Hadi Khroroshahi, who in 1981 was named Iran’s first ambassador to the Vatican.

In the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran, the country authorities have announced domestic travel restrictions for people with confirmed or suspected infections.

The country has also placed bans on access to major Shiite pilgrimage sites, including the Imam Reza shrine in second city Mashhad and the Fatima Masumeh shrine in Qom.

As precautionary measure, visitors to the shrines will be allowed on condition they are provided with hand-washing liquids, proper (health) information, masks.

To stop the virus from spreading, authorities in Iran have announced the cancellation of the main Friday weekly prayers in Tehran, Qom and Mashhad as well as in the capitals of 22 of Iran’s 31 provinces and other infected areas.

Closing of the school has also been extended in affected areas and universities will remain closed for another week starting from Saturday.