The technology was inaugurated in Tehran on Wednesday, in the presence of Major General Hossein Salami, the chief commander of the elite IRGC force, which has joined the countrywide battle against the viral outbreak along with other ranks of the Armed Forces, IRNA reported.
The technology can detect infected surfaces and diagnose individuals who carry the pathogen within five seconds. It has been developed by the scientists serving the country’s Basij volunteer force.
The IRGC commander described the development as a “novel and singular scientific advancement.”
The device, Salami explained, generates a magnetic field that screens its surroundings, and is fitted with an antenna that points in the direction of infected targets upon detecting them.
Describing its plus points, the commander explained that the technology eliminates the need for blood samples. It can also be handled remotely from its targets.
These features make the device a suitable choice for mass screening, Salami noted, adding the detection of infected surfaces will make it possible to avoid unnecessary disinfection.
“This is an amazing scientific technique that has been tested across various hospitals,” the commander said, adding that the device’s accuracy rate stands at above 80 percent.
“The technology could set the basis for the detection of all kinds of viruses,” he added.
Across the world, the new virus has claimed more than 126,800 lives and infected above 2,004,800 others since emerging in central China late last year.
Iranian defense forces assigned all their relevant resources to the fight against the viral outbreak after its emergence in the country in February.
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Among other things, the efforts manifested themselves in biological defense drills as well as the Defense Ministry’s development of testing kits and diversification of its activities to include mass-production of disinfectants.
Iran updates figures
Iran says the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country stands at double digits for the second consecutive day in more than a month.
Iran’s Health Ministry released a daily update of the coronavirus new cases and deaths on Wednesday.
Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 94 people had died of the disease during the past 24 hours, bringing the total fatalities to 4,777.
Jahanpour added 1,512 new infections had been recorded, increasing the overall number of confirmed cases to 76,389.
A total of 49,933 have recovered and discharged from hospitals, while 3,643 others remain hospitalized in critical condition.