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60 Percent of Iranians Screened for COVID-19 Infection

Iran's Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said that the ministry has screened 60 percent of the country's population, and urged people to enroll in the special website for self-screening.

“If we are in the phase of administrating the disease it is due to the people’s participation and our colleagues endeavor”, the official added.

Moreover, Iran’s Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that through further diagnosis of infected persons we will help cut the coronavirus transmission chain.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Traffic Police Brigadier General Teimur Hosseini said earlier that no permission will be given to new trips. The traffic police has also stressed that the documents of drivers will be examined at the entrances to cities.

Meanwhile, the plan for social distancing has become operational in Tehran.

Some 2,269 parks have been closed down in the capital Tehran. Furthermore, trips inside Tehran have decreased up to 70%. The public transportation will also be closed in Tehran.

Also, researchers of Tabriz University have made an automatic spraying apparatus and optical thermometer that can be installed on walls. This measure has been taken in line with confronting coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting over 197 countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 24,000 people and infected over 542,000 others globally.

Iran reported on Friday that a total number of 2,378 coronavirus patients have died and 32,332 cases of infection have been identified in the country so far. Meanwhile, 11,133 people have also recovered.

The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.

As the death toll from the virus surges, Iran intensifies its preventive safety measures. Closures of schools and universities have been extended until early April.

The government also imposed travel restrictions, specially on Iran’s north, which is among the red zones. The country has also adopted strict digital health control procedures at airports to spot possible infections.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced earlier this month that a new national mobilization plan would be implemented across the country to fight against the coronavirus epidemic and more effectively treat patients.

Namaki said that the plan will include all the 17,000 health centers and the 9,000 medical and clinical centers in all cities, suburban areas and villages.

He added that the plan will include home quarantine, noting that infected people will receive the necessary medicines and advice, but they are asked to stay at home.

Namaki said that people with a more serious condition will stay at the hospitals, adding that the public places will be disinfected, the entries of infected towns and cities will be controlled to diagnose and quarantine the infected cases.

He added that the necessary equipment and facilities have been provided, expressing the hope that the epidemic would be curbed.

Namaki said that the number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infection has reached 22, and will increase to 40 soon.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says Iran’s response to the virus has so far been up to the mark. Still, it says the US sanctions are a big challenge, and Washington would be complicit in the rising death toll in Iran if it would not remove its sanctions.

The World Health Organization has considered priorities in combating coronavirus and Islamic Republic of Iran obeys and follows up priorities as defined by WHO.

The WHO is dispatching separate delegations to all countries.

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