Foreign Policy
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:51
86-Year Old Woman Defeats Coronavirus in Central Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Health officials of Zavareh town in Isfahan province announced that an 86-year old woman has succeeded in bringing down the coronavirus disease to its knees and left hospital while the province was one of the hot spots of the epidemic at the onset of the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Governor General of Tehran province Anushirvan Mohseni Bandpey announced that government hospitals will receive all foreign nationals free of charge.

He added that the patients lacking insurance will pay only 10 percent of treatment expenses and the government will pay the remaining 90 percent.

Also, Chief of the Police Force Hossein Ashtari announced that intercity road transits has decreased due to the cooperation of the people with the force to observe the protocols of the health ministry.

Moreover, Interior Minister Abdulreza Rahmani Fazli expressed hope that businesses could resume operation after April 8 as the number of the dead and hospitalized patients has declined.

He added that there has been another 30% reduction in travels and 55% reduction in gasoline consumption.

Yet, Government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee said the government is moving toward production of 20,000 coronavirus testing kits per day.

He also vowed that the ministry of industry, mine and trade is going to prevent any increase in goods prices.

Meantime, the Minister of Health Saeed Namaki announced that 67 million Iranians have been screened across the country to diagnose the coronavirus-infected cases, adding that 19,000 of these people have been sent to hospitals.

He also said that 55 million people were screened through telephone and another 12 million went to the website to do self-screening.

Besides, an Iranian knowledge-based company said it is manufacturing 30 ventilators in a bid to meet the country's need in the campaign against coronavirus epidemic, as Iran has mobilized its state and private sector capacities to fight the deadly virus under tough US sanctions.

Furthermore, Head of Pasteur Institute of Iran Alireza Biglari informed of setting up 60 coronavirus-special laboratories across the country in less than ten days to help meet the medical centers' need in the national campaign against the deadly disease.

Meanwhile, Iran's Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani informed of allocating 100,000bln Tomans (over $23bln) for the protection of the production centers harmed by the coronavirus epidemic.

At the same time, Members of University Students' Basij (Volunteer) Organization sent a large cargo of health and hygiene products to the American people via the US Interests' Section represented by the Swiss embassy in Tehran in a bid to help them with campaign against the 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 43,000 people and infected approximately 873,000 others globally.

As for Iran, the Iranian health ministry announced on Wednesday that 2,987 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country, adding that 3,036 patients have died so far.

“According to definite diagnostic standards, a sum of 2,987 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been identified in Iran during the past 24 hours, increasing the number of infections to 47, 593,” Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.

He added that fortunately, 15,473 patients infected with COVID-19 virus have also recovered and been discharged from hospital.

Jahanpour said that 138 coronavirus patients have passed away during the past 24 hours, noting that the death toll has increased to 3,036 so far.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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