The mankind has been the victim of the powers’ misuse of science, Ayatollah Khamenei said in a televised speech on Thursday, on the occasion of the birthday anniversary of the 12th Shiite Imam, Imam Mahdi (May God Hasten His Reappearance).
“Today, mankind is afflicted with poverty, disease, injustice, and wide class divisions. And, mankind witnesses the abuse of science, discoveries and nature by world powers. These have led to mankind’s exhaustion and frustration and their desire for a Savior, a redeeming hand.”
He called on the human society for unity to overcome the injustice posed by the arrogant powers in the world and stick to the divine guidance to reach true justice.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that besides unity, reaching “justice” and preparing for salvation and peace certainly entails efforts, among which is following the ideals of the Savior, who has been appointed by God Almighty.
He noted that all the divine religions have talked about a Savior. Imam Mahdi is known as the Savior among Shiites, who believe he will reappear on earth as per divine decree, establishing peace and ridding the world of injustice, discrimination, and other instances of evil.
“All the Communism, Western democracy and the liberal democracy prevailing around the world, with their claims, have not led the humanity to reach peace and salvation,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“The human society is not feeling at peace despite all the scientific advances and the developments in the lifestyle,” the Leader said.
“Despite all such progress, the humanity has been grappling sickness, depravity, sins, and injustice and discrimination,” he added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader referred to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic which has been spreading all across the world, saying the ordeal was a test for the governments and nations.
He lauded the Iranian nation and the healthcare sector as well as other bodies “who have shone brightly in this test”.
“The peak of this national honor belongs to the country’s medical complex. The greatness of the work and dedication of doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists, service and management departments are commendable,” he said.
He said the epidemic led the western culture and civilization to show their consequences.
“Health professionals are risking their lives to serve the people. This is very important and great. Tolerating being away from their families during the Nowruz holidays, sleepless hours and the mental pressures they have endured are all a source of pride for Iran’s medical community.”
“Besides the health professionals, volunteers, university students and Basij forces have entered the battlefield against Coronavirus and their services are indescribable. Employing the administrative and scientific abilities of the Army and the IRGC in this battle are also sources of pride.”
“People’s participation in the fight against Corona was truly amazing; people feeding the needy; turning houses into workshops to sew masks; disinfecting public areas; talking to landlords and shop owners to exempt people from their rents; and tens of other measures.”
“What happened in the West, Europe and the United States showed the product of their upbringing,” the Leader said, adding that, “people swamping stores, queuing up to buy weapons and not paying attention to the treatment of elderly and disabled patients are among the behaviors shown in the western societies in this period”.
“This is the result of the western rulers’ policies and philosophy, which include materialism and usually atheism,” he added.
Iranian health ministry announced on Wednesday that the number of people infected with coronavirus in the country has increased to 64,586, reporting recovery of 29,812 patients.
“1,997 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country since yesterday based on confirmed diagnosis criteria,” Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.
He added that the number of coronavirus patients in Iran has increased to 64,586, adding that 3,993 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, 121 of them in the past 24 hours.
Jahanpour, meantime, said that the recovery of patients has accelerated in Iran and 29,812 infected people have been treated and dismissed from hospital.
He noted that 229,975 coronavirus diagnosis tests have been carried out in the country so far, adding that 3,956 patients infected with COVID-19 virus are in critical conditions.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting approximately all 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 88,500 people and infected over 1.51 million others globally.
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 most universities have been extended until late 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.
Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced last 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.
According to the latest statistics of Health Ministry, the number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infection has reached over 90 across the country.
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.