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Iranian Institute Launches 60 Coronavirus Diagnosis Labs in 10 Days, Seeking to Do over 20,000 Tests Daily

Head of Pasteur Institute of Iran Alireza Biglari informed of setting up 60 coronavirus-special laboratories across the country in less than ten days to help meet the medical centers' need in the national campaign against the deadly disease.

Stressing that the designing of coronavirus test kit began two months before diagnosing the first case, Biglari added, “Currently, there are more than 90 laboratories of Pasteur Institute all over the country trying to increase 10,000 tests to 20,000 tests per day.”

“Now, more than 50 companies have announced their readiness to produce kits, 5 of which have been confirmed by Pasteur Institute to enter the production phase,” Biglari added.

Stressing that Pasteur Institute is one of the most advanced institutes in the country, he said that early studies have shown that the genome of the virus is the same as that of Wuhan of China but we have to conduct further studies to see if the genome has been edited.

Moreover, he said that COVID-19 is an unknown virus and there is evidence that as it gets warmer the spread of the virus is prevented, yet this is not a definite opinion and necessary studies should be conducted.       

“Those with no symptoms comprise 30 percent of society who we try to identify in different ways. These individuals usually test negative within 2-3 weeks but they can transmit the disease during this period in time,” Biglari concluded.

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 43,000 people and infected approximately 873,000 others globally.

As for Iran, the Iranian health ministry announced on Wednesday that 2,987 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country, adding that 3,036 patients have died so far.

“According to definite diagnostic standards, a sum of 2,987 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been identified in Iran during the past 24 hours, increasing the number of infections to 47, 593,” Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.

He added that fortunately, 15,473 patients infected with COVID-19 virus have also recovered and been discharged from hospital.

Jahanpour said that 138 coronavirus patients have passed away during the past 24 hours, noting that the death toll has increased to 3,036 so far.

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.

According to the latest statistics of Health Ministry, the number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infection has reached 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.

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