Addressing a Saturday session of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus, Rouhani said the great Iranian nation has proved that it has enough power and capability to deal with pressures by withstanding the heightened sanctions over the past two years and a couple of months and tackling the COVID-19 during the past five months, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“This great nation has proved very well that it will never be brought to its knees in the face of the enemies’ pressures and excessive demands,” he underlined, saying the Iranian people can address every problem with determination, cooperation and rapport.
He also described Iran’s resistance to the US government’s bullying policies as a reflection of the “culture of Ashura”.
Ashura marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam and the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
President Rouhani stressed that Iranians will commemorate the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH) in compliance with the health protocols this year.
Iran has been battling a resurgence of the virus, with official figures showing a rise in both new infections and deaths since a two-month low in May.
Iran reported its first cases in the holy city of Qom in February.
The rising toll has prompted authorities to make masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces and to allow the hardest-hit provinces to reimpose restrictive measures, Tehran included.
The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in Iran exceeded 288,000 on Saturday, according to the Health Ministry.
Speaking at a daily press conference on Saturday, the ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said the number of people tested positive for COVID-19 across the country rose to 288,839 after the detection of 2,316 new cases from Friday to Saturday.
Of the new cases detected, 1,298 patients have been admitted to the hospital, she added.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 3,670 coronavirus patients are in critical condition, Lari noted.
She further put the death toll from COVID-19 at 15,484, saying the disease took the lives of 195 patients from Friday to Saturday.
At least 251,319 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman said.
Lari also noted that more than 2,302,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country so far.