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Rouhani Calls for Re-enforcement of Virus-Related Restrictions

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said smart restrictions should be reinstated in proportion to the causes of the coronavirus outbreak in each region.

Rouhani urged the governors-general of provinces to reinstate lockdown where they consider it necessary.

Fortunately, with accurate and practical implementation of the plans, coordination among all institutes, as well as the ceaseless efforts of the medical staff, the first wave of coronavirus was controlled and we reached relative calm in May and June, he added.

President Rouhani, meantime, lauded the nation’s achievements in fighting the disease in recent months, as it led to the World Health Organization’s admiration, as most countries asked for Iran’s experiences in fighting the virus.

The Social-Security Committee of the National Anti-Coronavirus Campaign Headquarters should carefully prevent holding of various gatherings, as the main cause of spread of the disease, he stressed.

The Iranian health ministry announced on Thursday that 2,079 new coronavirus cases have been identified in the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 221 patients have passed away since yesterday.

“2,079 new patients infected with COVID-19 have been identified in the country during the past 24 hours and 995 patients have been hospitalized,” Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Thursday, adding, “The total number of the COVID-19 patients reached 250,458.”

“Unfortunately, 221 patients lost their lives in the past 24 hours, increasing the number of the dead to 12,305,” she added.

Sadat Lari expressed pleasure that 212,176 patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals.

Meanwhile, the spokeswoman expressed concern that 3,324 coronavirus patients are in critical conditions.

Sadat Lari added that 1,897,803 diagnostic tests have been conducted across the country.

She warned that Khuzestan, Hormozgan, Bushehr, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Ilam, East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan and Khorsan Razavi provinces are in red conditions, while Golestan, Alborz, Kerman, Yazd, Hamedan, Ardabil, Isfahan, Tehran, Mazandaran and Sistan and Balouchestan provinces are in a status of alert.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said last month 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.

Also, earlier this month, he said that the country will increase the number of its hospital beds to 8,000 by the end of the current Iranian year (March 19).

“We will add 8,000 hospital beds by the yearend,” Rouhani said.

He added that 1,500 hospital beds for special cases have also been added to the capacity of the country’s medical system since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, noting that 2 drug production lines are also added every month to the country’s pharmaceutical capacity.

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 557,000 people and infected over 12.3 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.

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