News ID: 269353
Published: 0355 GMT May 20, 2020

President: Iran on verge of COVID-19 containment

President: Iran on verge of COVID-19 containment

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said the country was close to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak though he called on people still to stay alert.

Addressing a cabinet session on Wednesday, Rouhani praised the good cooperation of people in fighting the virus that led the country to pass the disease management and control stage, reported.

"We have been progressing at every step in the past three months... in fighting this dangerous virus and are nearly on the verge of curbing this disease," he said.

He also hailed the medical society, saying the country has made great progress in the fight against COVID-19 thanks to the efforts the society has been making over the past months.

Iran would "even not have these problems" if health protocols "were more closely observed in some of the provinces that are currently in an unfavorable situation", he said.

Health Ministry spokesperson Kianoush Jahanpour put the total death toll from the coronavirus in Iran at 7,183, saying the disease has taken the lives of 64 patients over the past 24 hours, IRNA reported.

Speaking at a daily press conference, Jahanpour said 2,346 new infections were confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours, raising the total to 126,949.

More than 98,800 of those hospitalized had recovered and were discharged, while 2,673 were in critical condition.

The spokesperson also said zero deaths have been reported in 10 provinces during the past 24 hours, while eight other provinces have reported only one death from coronavirus infection each.

At least 24 of Iran's 434 counties were "red" – the highest level on the country's color-coded risk scale, according to Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raeisi, AFP reported.

He said at a virus taskforce meeting broadcast on Tuesday that 218 counties were still deemed low-risk, which could drop to 183 since the virus had "started peaking" in some regions.

He added that most of the fatalities since Iran reported its first two deaths in February were above 70 years old, and that younger Iranians were in less danger.



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