(Officials disinfect subway trains to prevent the spread of the new type of coronavirus in Tehran on February 26, 2020)[Anadolu Agency/Getty/Kyodo]

TEHRAN - Iran's health authorities on Sunday said the country's death toll from the new coronavirus has risen by 11 from the previous day to 54, with the nationwide tally of confirmed infections at 978.

Of the 385 newly confirmed cases, 170 were reported in the capital Tehran and 30 in the central city of Qom.

Although the Health Ministry has called on Iranians to refrain from nonessential travel in the country, a ministry spokesman on Sunday called for avoiding unnecessary movement even in Tehran.