Tehran has extended Iran’s coronavirus restrictions after the country recorded a coronavirus death every five minutes over the past 24 hours, with its national coronavirus task force warning hospital beds are running out.

Iranian health authorities urged the public on Monday to respect coronavirus restrictions after the country reported 337 new deaths and 5,960 new cases over the past 24 hours, averaging out at one death from the virus every five minutes.

Alireza Zali, who is running Tehran’s Coronavirus Combat Headquarters, reaffirmed this message and urged “everyone to respect the protocols,” stating that “our doctors and nurses are tired.” While meeting members of the national coronavirus task force on Saturday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for “decisive governance actions” and stricter penalties for rule-breakers, saying that “since security and economic aspects also arise from this illness, the health of the people should be the priority in making decisions.”

Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi warned last week that the pandemic could cause 600 deaths per day over the coming weeks if Iranians do not follow the protocols that authorities have put in place. (RT)