The total number of people confirmed to be infected is 53,183, he said on state television, adding that 4,035 ware "under observation", a term that may mean they are in critical condition.
Of the total number of people who were diagnosed with the disease, 17,935 have recovered, he said.
Iran is the country most affected in the Middle East by the pandemic.
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani, 62, is among those who have contracted the disease.
Based on Asharq Al-Awsat