Iran’s president optimistic over coronavirus evolution

Tehran, Mar 31 (efe-epa).- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday was optimistic with the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic in the country despite a steady increase in the number of infections and deaths.

The Health Ministry’s data is “very promising” as the number of people hospitalized has reduced in some provinces, Rouhani said during a meeting with the group in charge of fighting the novel virus.

Rouhani also mentioned “a comparison report by the World Health Organization showing that Iran is in better conditions compared to other countries,” according to the Iranian Presidency.

The figures issued by Iranian officials reflect a levelling out of recent data but not a decline in the rate of new contagions and deaths.

Iran has reported 3,111 new coronavirus cases and 141 deaths since Monday, the spokesperson for the Health Ministry Kianush Jahanpur said on Tuesday.

The day before, Iran registered 117 deaths as a result of Covid-19.

This brings the total number of infections in Iran to 44,606, including 2,898 deaths and 14,656 people who have recovered, Jahanpur said during his daily presser.

Over the past couple of weeks, the authorities have tightened measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including the closure of all shops, save groceries stores and pharmacies. People have also been banned from leaving cities.

“People’s cooperation and support is fundamental and if the Islamic Republic of Iran has been able to achieve good results in fighting the coronavirus to date, it is because of people’s support and cooperation,” the president said.

The coronavirus is “the third test” Iran has witnessed, following the war with Iraq (1980-1988) and the economic sanctions imposed on Tehran since the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Tuesday marked the 41st anniversary of the creation of the Islamic Republic, the political system was overwhelmingly approved by a majority of Iranians in a landmark referendum.

The coronavirus outbreak emerged in Wuhan, the capital city of the Chinese province of Hubei, in December.

It has since spread to 177 countries, infecting more than 800,000 people, of which around 172,00 have recovered, and killed nearly 39,000.

China has reported more than 82,000 cases, around 76,000 recoveries and 3,300 deaths.

Global hotspots of infection have sprung up in the United States, Italy, Spain, which have all surpassed the Asian country on the number of confirmed cases. EFE-EPA


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