Iran reopened mosques in parts of the country on Monday with a low risk of corona viruses. Almost 80,000 people hospitalized with the illness had recovered and were released.
Ministry of Health spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 74 new deaths have increased the number of officially registered deaths in Iran to 6,277 since the first cases were reported in mid-February.
Iran had 47 deaths on Sunday, the lowest daily number in 55 days.
Another 1,223 cases of COVID-19 infections have been registered in the past 24 hours, Jahanpour said, increasing the total to 98,647.
On Monday, mosques were allowed to reopen to believers in 132 or around a third of Iran's administrative departments, which are considered low-risk.
The country has started to use a color-coded system of "white", "yellow" and "red" for different areas to classify the virus risk.
Worshipers had to enter mosques with masks and gloves and said they could only stay half an hour during prayer times and use their personal belongings, the health ministry said.
Mosques have been instructed not to offer them food and drink, to provide hand disinfectants and to disinfect all surfaces, according to a statement by the ISNA news agency.
According to Jahanpour, 79,397 of those hospitalized with the disease have been released since Iran reported its first cases in mid-February, while 2,676 are in critical condition.
He said Iran is among the "five countries in the world" with the highest number of restores without going into details.
Experts and officials in Iran and abroad have expressed doubts about the country's COVID-19 numbers, declaring that the actual number of cases could be much higher than reported.
President Hassan Rouhani said Iran "has managed to effectively prevent the spread of this virus in many parts of the country."
At a teleconference meeting of the non-aligned movement on television, Rouhani said Iran's response to the outbreak was "in some cases rated as above international standards".
But the US "anti-human rights" sanctions against the Islamic Republic have hampered its efforts to fight the virus, he added, noting that they are preventing companies from selling its medical needs to Iran.
US President Donald Trump withdrew from a pioneering nuclear deal and again imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran in 2018, targeting key oil and banking sectors.
Humanitarian goods, especially medicines and medical devices, are technically excluded.
But international purchases of such supplies are prevented by banks that do not want to do business with Iran because they fear they will violate US sanctions.