“We have citizens stranded abroad with flight cancellations due to the #COVID19 pandemic,” wrote FM Zarif in a tweet.
“In Tehran, and at our missions abroad, we are doing our utmost to arrange for their safe return home,” he added.
“We urge relevant governments and airlines to assist them in line with WHO guidelines,” the Iranian diplomat said.
In recent days, some regional and international countries have canceled flights to Iran due to the prevalence of coronavirus in the country.
Turning to the imposition of flight restrictions by some countries in Iran after the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, Regional Emergency Director for the World Health Organization (WHO) Richard Brennan said on Thursday, “WHO does not make any recommendation on imposition of flight restriction to and from Iran.”
The epidemic has so far claimed the lives of 124 Iranians. The health ministry announced on Friday that there are 1,234 new cases of coronavirus infections in the country, increasing the total number to 4,747.
Meantime, Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced that a new national mobilization plan will be implemented across the country as of Thursday 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.
Namaki said that the number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infection has reached 22, and will increase to 40 by the end of the next week.
As a preventive measure, Iranian authorities have ordered closure of educational and cultural institutions across the country and the gyms and sports events by the end of the winter.
Reports from different cities and towns of Iran indicate strenuous efforts by the officials to help the coronavirus patients and prevent an epidemic.
Globally, more than 95,480 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 with over 3,280 deaths so far, the vast majority of them in China where the virus originated late last year.
The coronavirus is spreading in the Middle East, Europe, US and other parts of the world, while parts of China begin to lower their emergency response level as the number of new cases reported there continues to slow.
As the US death toll hit 11 Wednesday, both California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared states of emergency and announced six additional cases of the deadly coronavirus that has health officials around the world scrambling for answers. More than 150 cases have been confirmed across the US.
Tehran’s municipality announced that all the city’s public places, including the metro trains and buses, are being disinfected at the end of the line every hour as part of attempts to contain the spread of the virus.
Head of Food and Drug Administration Mohammad Reza Shanehsaz also said that pharmacies will no longer be allowed to sell protective masks and that masks will be distributed among the population via government-run centers free of charge, with the priority given to virus-hit provinces.
The World Health Organization (WHO) stressed Iran’s high capabilities to prevent an epidemic of novel coronavirus infection.