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Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:0
Iran Offers Incentives for Finding Anti-COVID-19 Cure
TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Director of Iran’s National Innovation and Development Fund (INIDF) Dr. Siavash Malekifar announced on Saturday that the INIDF has introduced incentives to speed up efforts of knowledge-based companies which are looking for new medications for curing the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

“Given the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, we decided to financially support knowledge-based companies which have constructive ideas in controlling the spread of the virus in the country,” Malekifar announced today.

He further noted that competent knowledge-based companies can submit their ideas in the field of designing and manufacturing face masks, disinfectants, modeling and simulating software, kits and medication.

While stressing support for these new ideas, Malekifar added, “The Fund has been provided with diverse incentive packages for creative knowledge-based firms in this regard.”

 “We hope that effective and constructive steps will be taken by knowledge-based companies to better contain the coronavirus in the country,” he highlighted.

As of Friday, the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Iran rose to 124 with 4,747 confirmed cases.

According to latest reports, the novel coronavirus has infected almost 100,000 people in 80 countries, claiming around 3,500 lives.

Meantime, Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced that a new national mobilization plan will be implemented across the country as of Thursday March 05 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.

 

 

 

 

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