The know-how and equipment related to the technology of the cold plasma have been totally indigenized and the achievements can be presented internally and exported abroad, said the CEO of Daneshmand company affiliated to the Mostazafan Foundation, Ali Khatibi.
"We have managed to make these devices which have different applications," Khatibi said, adding, “They can be used for home disinfection, office disinfection, notes disinfection and hand disinfection.”
He further said that one of the important usages of this technology is to confront various microbe and viral contaminations, noting that, often it is not possible to use chemical materials to decontaminate the place; for instance, for those people infected with skin ailments or governmental documents dry methods should be applied.
“Moreover, the cold plasma has rapidly drawn the attention of the indexes of economics major in the world so that, unlike the 2% forecast for the global economic growth, the valid statistical centers have predicted a plus 16% growth for this product’s market,” the CEO added.
According to the international reports, such as those of the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and valid relevant magazines like Physics of Plasma, these machines are highly capable of confronting coronavirus, Khatibi noted.
The Iranian health ministry announced on Saturday that 2,322 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been diagnosed in the country in the past 24 hours, expressing regret that 115 patients have passed away since yesterday.
"2,322 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours based on confirmed diagnosis tests and 595 patients have been hospitalized," Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Saturday.
She noted that the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has increased to 202,584 people.
Sadat Lari expressed pleasure that 161,384 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
She said that 9,507 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, including 115 in the past 24 hours.
Sadat Lari said that 2,842 coronavirus patients are unfortunately in critical conditions.
The ministry’s spokeswoman, meantime, expressed concern over the situation of the 7 Iranian provinces of Khuzestan, Khorassan Razavi, Kermanshah, East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, Golestan and Kurdistan considering their increasing number of coronavirus patients.
She added that 1,395,675 tests have been conducted in the country to diagnose patients suspected of infection to the COVID-19 virus.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said earlier this month that over 1,000 medical centers in the country have received necessary equipment to conduct tests on people suspected of infection to coronavirus, and added that Iran ranks first in the Muslim world in scientific achievements.
"Based on a report [by the health ministry], 1,200 centers across the country are ready to take samples and tests from people and 17,500 nursing and health homes are also prepared to provide hygiene and treatment services to people," Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran.
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 467,000 people and infected over 8.94 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.