The letter which was addressed to the Director General of the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reads as "these days we are witnessing the spread of a dangerous virus called "COVID-19", and Cholera and tuberculosis have resurfaced in the minds of the virus-stricken nations".
The mysterious virus has disrupted the perceptual and inferiority of societies and governments, and is witnessing massive human casualties around the world, including Asia, Europe and even the United States. Although the countries have mobilized their full potential, the virus has caused widespread desperation, loss of life, financial, educational, cultural, social, economic and psychological damages, part of the Iranian university students' letter reads.
It said that like other countries, Iran has been involved in this tragic incident, adding that however, because of the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the international treaty, the cruel and medieval sanctions target the country's health system and economy while based on an inhuman and colonial policy, provide access for the coronary patients in need of medicines and relative products is so hard.
The letter also said that it is humanly necessary to lift sanctions beyond political competition.
"The cruel US sanctions against Iran should not trigger the humanitarian catastrophe of the coronavirus, which will continue to shut down educational and cultural centers, and its damage and costs are no less than economic and political costs because it is not the time for political revenge," it further added.
In relevant remarks last week, Iranian Ambassador to France Bahram Qassemi in a message said that those who call for boosting sanctions and maximum pressure in the crisis-stricken world should be responsible for the death of thousands of innocent people.
Meanwhile, a diverse group of the US academics, researchers and NGO leaders have signed an open letter addressed to the leaders of the P4+1 countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and Russia) and the US lawmakers, calling on them to lift sanctions on Iran impeding Iranian campaign against coronavirus.
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 35,000 people and infected over 735,000 others globally.
Iranian Ministry's Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour announced on Monday that 3,186 new coronavirus cases have been identified during the past 24 hours totaling the number of the infected to 41,495.
"Since yesterday, according to definite diagnostic standards, 3,186 new cases infected with COVID-19 have been identified in the country which means the total number of the patients has reached 41,495," he said, expressing happiness that so far 13,911 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals and the trend continues.
Jahanpour added that unfortunately 117 coronavirus patients have succumbed to the disease during the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 2,757.
Jahanpour also pointed out that 3,511 coronavirus patients are in acute conditions.
He stressed that over 63 million people have so far participated in the screening plan.
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 universities have been extended until early April.
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.
Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced earlier this 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 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.