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Major General Baqeri: Iran Armed Forces Unaffected by Coronavirus

Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said that coronavirus has not impacted the missions of Armed Forces, and added that different sections of the Armed Forces have been involved in research on coronavirus.

Baqeri said that the Armed Forced resumed their regular activities, including training and exercise since mid-April, and noted that various organizations of the Armed Forces have conducted the necessary researches in the field of coronavirus.

COVID-19 disease is unknown, mysterious, and unpredictable and the virus can always adapt to different conditions, he underlined.

“Being hard to trace makes the virus more difficult to deal with. As experience has shown so far, one cannot rely on predictions,” the top commander stressed.

He further underscored that the Armed Forces’ mission to maintain security is still a top priority, while parntership in campaign against the coronavirus outbreak is one of their duties as well.

In relevant remarks in early May, General Baqeri said that Iran is prepared to share experiences of anti-coronavirus combat with regional countries, as Iranian armed forces have played a key role in containing the deadly virus.

Major General Baqeri, in separate letters to defense ministers of Iraq, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Syria, and Lebanon, pointed to Iran’s success in the face of the outbreak and the key role of armed forces in the field.

“Successful performance of the Islamic Republic of Iran in controlling the virus can present solutions to other Islamic countries and friendly neighbors,” he said in part of the letter on May 2.

The Iranian health ministry announced on Sunday that 2,472 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been diagnosed in the country in the past 24 hours, noting that a 107 patients have passed away since yesterday.

“2,472 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours based on confirmed diagnosis tests and 864 patients have been hospitalized,” Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Sunday.

She noted that the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has increased to 187,427 people.

Sadat Lari expressed pleasure that 148,674 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

She said that 8,837 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, including 107 in the past 24 hours.

Sadat Lari said that 2,781 coronavirus patients are unfortunately in critical conditions.

The ministry’s spokeswoman, meantime, expressed concern over the situation of the 5 Iranian provinces of Khuzestan, Hormozgan, West Azarbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Sistan and Balouchestan and Bushehr, given their increasing number of coronavirus patients.

She added that 1,244,074 tests have been conducted in the country to diagnose patients suspected of infection to the COVID-19 virus.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said last week that over 1,000 medical centers in the country have received necessary equipment to conduct tests on people suspected of infection to coronavirus, and added that Iran ranks first in the Muslim world in scientific achievements.

“Based on a report [by the health ministry], 1,200 centers across the country are ready to take samples and tests from people and 17,500 nursing and health homes are also prepared to provide hygiene and treatment services to people,” Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran.

Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki stressed on April 7 effective measures to control coronavirus epidemic, expressing the hope that the disease would be controlled in Iran by late May.

“At present, the country is in the phase of disease management and we should not imagine that we have reached the harness and control phase. Today is the time for full-fledged combat against the virus. God willing, we will control coronavirus by late May. The virus should be controlled in the minimum possible time,” Namaki said, addressing the Iranian legislators in an open session of the parliament in Tehran.

He noted that at least 30% to 50% of hospital beds are still vacant across Iran and nearly 15,000 beds are ready to keep the patients who are recovering from coronavirus disease.

“We have now moved down to tank 6th in terms of deaths,” Namaki said, adding that the country’s situation in treatment of patients will improve in the next few days.

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 432,800 people and infected over 7.89 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 further notice.

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.

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.

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