"All enemies of the Islamic Republic were waiting for its collapse after the coronavirus outbreak but they, themselves, were entangled in a deep quagmire," Health Minister Saeed Namaki said in Khorassan Razavi province in Northeastern Iran.
He added that after the coronavirus epidemic in Spain, Italy, France and other European states, the Iranian university students studying in those countries chose to return to Iran saying "they have concluded that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the safest state to treat the COVID-19 patients".
Namaki said that all this success and honor was achieved while Iran was under the harshest US sanctions.
Moreover, Iranian Deputy Health Minister for Treatment Qassem Jan Babayee said that the number of elderly people who die of coronavirus infection in the country is much lower than the figures in the US and the European states.
"The death rates among over-70-year-old people who die of coronavirus is very low (in Iran) compared with those of the US and the European countries," Jan Babayee said on Tuesday.
He reminded that a majority of old people live with their families in Iran, but due to the fact that the elderly people are mostly held in nursing homes in the US and the European states, the rate of coronavirus deaths is high among them in those states.
Elsewhere, Jan Babayee said that most of the equipment needed to diagnose, treat and protect against coronavirus infection is being produced inside Iran, adding that the country is also mulling their exports.
He added that at present 150 laboratories in Iran conduct coronavirus tests.
Furthermore, researchers of Tabriz University have produced a strong disinfectant solution with the help of silver, zinc oxide and other nanoparticles to contribute to the nation’s campaign against coronavirus.
A member of Tabriz University Scientific Board, Ali Rostami, speaking to FNA, said that the new disinfectant solution can be used to prevent contraction by infectious diseases and removal of contaminations caused by bacteria.
Rostami, who is also the CEO of ASEPE knowledge-based company, added that the name of this product is Nano-Kleania due to numerous reasons. Firstly, klonia is common in Turkey for a product that is used at restaurants. Secondly, the word is derived from clean in English.
“Compared with other products in the market, this one doesn’t cause any allergy on the skin,” he added.
Other privilege of this product is that it has no smell; so, it doesn’t harm the lungs, he noted, adding, “this material is so enduring that if you put it on your hands or on a surface, it will last for 6 months before you wash it.”
Rostami underlined that this product is capable of repairing wounds.
He further said that it is both a very powerful antibacterial and antivirus under the administration of nanoparticles.
Referring to other properties of this new product, Rostami said that it is impenetrable to the skin, it is not poisonous, doesn’t need to be washed, it has no alcohol, it is inflammable, lacks smell, softens the skin and helps the growth of plants.
In relevant remarks on Tuesday, an Iranian official said tens of knowledge-based stem cell technology companies have given the country a pioneering role in Southwest Asia.
"Iran is considered as one of the pioneering countries in Southwest Asia region in the field of stem cells," Director of the Center for the Development of Strategic Technologies in Iran’s Presidential Department for Science and Technology Esmayeel Qaderifar told FNA on Tuesday.
He added that 140 knowledge-based companies in Iran are now active in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine, adding that their activities are focused on cell therapy, cell treatment and regenerative medicine.
In relevant remarks last month, an official at Royan Institute said that Iranian medical centers are using the mesenchymal cells to treat patients infected with coronavirus.
“The mesenchymal cells which are derived from the umbilical cord tissue have special applications and incidentally, these cells are used in treating the neurological patients or they are at present used to treat the COVID-19-infected patients,” Head of Royan Institute’s Blood Bank Morteza Zarrabiyeh told FNA.
He added that the mesenchymal stem cells used to cure the coronavirus patients are derived from umbilical cord.
Zarrabiyeh said that the good point about these stem cells is that they do not need genetic matching and can be used to treat anyone infected with COVID-19 virus.
Also, in April, Head of Royan Institute’s Academic Jihad Abdolhossein Shahverdi had also explained about the method.
“In this treatment method, the mesenchymal cells in cord blood cells or bone marrow cells are used,” he told FNA.
He said that mesenchymal cells had earlier been used in treatment of certain incurable diseases, including those related to cartilage bone, with good results, expressing the hope that these cells can prove effective in healing coronavirus patients.
Shahverdi said that the ethics license has been issued for testing the method on coronavirus patients, voicing hope that the clinical tests would be successful.
Royan Institute is a public non-profitable organization which is affiliated to Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR) and was established in 1991 as a research institute for Reproductive Biomedicine and infertility treatments.
The institute acts as leader of Stem Cell research and also one of the best clinics for infertility treatment. It has 81 scientific members and 232 researchers and lab technicians.
The Iranian health ministry announced on Tuesday that 3,117 new cases of infection to coronavirus have been diagnosed in the country in the past 24 hours, adding that 83% of identified people have been outpatients.
"3,117 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours based on confirmed diagnosis criteria," Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Tuesday.
He explained that 541 new patients have been hospitalized and 2,576 others are identified as outpatients who have been in contact with infected individuals.
Jahanpour noted that the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has increased to 157,562 people.
He expressed pleasure that 123,077 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
Jahanpour said that 7,942 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, including 64 in the past 24 hours.
The ministry’s spokesman, meantime, expressed concern that 2,565 patients infected with COVID-19 virus are in critical conditions.
He added that 975,936 coronavirus tests have been conducted in Iran so far.
Jahanpour also expressed concern over the increasing number of coronavirus patients in West Azarbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Bushehr and Hormozgan provinces.
Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki stressed on April 7 effective measures to control coronavirus epidemic, expressing the hope that the disease would be controlled in Iran by late May.
“At present, the country is in the phase of disease management and we should not imagine that we have reached the harness and control phase. Today is the time for full-fledged combat against the virus. God willing, we will control coronavirus by late May. The virus should be controlled in the minimum possible time,” Namaki said, addressing the Iranian legislators in an open session of the parliament in Tehran.
He noted that at least 30% to 50% of hospital beds are still vacant across Iran and nearly 15,000 beds are ready to keep the patients who are recovering from coronavirus disease.
“We have now moved down to tank 6th in terms of deaths,” Namaki said, adding that the country’s situation in treatment of patients will improve in the next few days.
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 377,800 people and infected over 6.3 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.
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.
Namaki announced last 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 over 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.