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Published: 0227 GMT August 03, 2020

WHO envoy hails Iran’s response to COVID-19

WHO envoy hails Iran’s response to COVID-19

Representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Iran Christoph Hamelmann hailed Iran’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying that the organization has plans to provide Iran with hygiene supplies.

The World Health Organization has plans underway to produce coronavirus diagnostic test kits as well as hygiene supplies,” Hamelmann said on Monday in a meeting with the president of Hamedan University of Medical Sciences.

He praised efforts made by health officials in the western province of Hamedan to launch production lines for protective gears and said, Provision of protective gears is an issue (for all) amid the pandemic.”

The WHO envoy said medical and hygiene supplied will be sent to the province soon.

With COVID-19 deaths surging since restrictions were eased in mid-April, Iranian authorities have said measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be reimposed if health regulations are not observed. Since last month, wearing face masks in public places and covered spaces has been mandatory.

Irans state television said on Monday one person is dying from COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran as the Health Ministry reported 215 new deaths from the disease.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari reported 215 deaths from Sunday to Monday in Iran, bringing the death toll to 17,405.

Lari also said the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,598 to 312,035.

Speaking at a daily press conference on Monday, she noted that at least 270,228 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across the country.

Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present 4,104 patients have critical health conditions, Lari noted.

She added that more than 2,534,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.


Tasnim and Reuters contributed to this story.


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