News ID: 273964
Published: 0109 GMT September 09, 2020

Iran reports 127 more deaths from coronavirus

Iran reports 127 more deaths from coronavirus

Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 127 more people lost their lives to the coronavirus from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 22,669.

Lari said that new coronavirus cases rose by 2,313 to 393,425 during the same period, according to IRNA. 

Of the new cases detected from Tuesday to Wednesday, 1,229 of whom have been hospitalized, Lari added.

The spokeswoman also said that 339,111 have been recovered or discharged from the hospitals since the outbreak of the virus in the country in February.

Lari added that 3,735 patients are in critical conditions and are being treated in intensive care units in the country which is the worst-hit country from the virus in West Asia.

The coronavirus infections have been on the rise in Iran in recent days.

On Tuesday, Iran’s Health Minister Saeid Namaki called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to take the necessary measure for the termination of the US sanctions against people of Iran amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, the Iranian health minister asked the UN agency to take the necessary measures to put an end to the illegitimate and unilateral American sanctions that have inflicted pain on the people of Iran and other nations and have had negative consequences for the world health, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The time has come for an international call for the removal of the sanctions to protect the health of people, he added.

Highlighting Iran’s struggle against the coronavirus pandemic and the illegal sanctions simultaneously over the past seven months, Namaki said, “The legal and legitimate expectation in such an emergency is that the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and all international agencies make sure that medicine and humanitarian supplies are made available to people of Iran.”

After the unilateral and illegal withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, the US administration has imposed widespread and cruel sanctions on the Iranian people, Namaki deplored.

In the meantime, blocking Iran’s access to the global banking channels has harmed the country’s economy and disrupted the trade of medicine and medical equipment amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, the minister added, stressing that the US must obey the International Court of Justice’s ruling which orders Washington to lift bans on the free export of medicine to Iran.

Washington claims that the sanctions won’t stop the supply of medicine and other humanitarian necessities, but banking sanctions are driving up import prices, blocking supply chains, and creating deadly drug shortages.




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