Iranian President Appreciates Health Workers for Nearly-Zero Coronavirus Deaths
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi hailed the country’s doctors, nurses and other medical staff for their hard work which resulted in the astonishing decrease in the number of COVID-19 infection and deaths.
Efforts of the doctors and nurses to fight the disease served as an example of bringing hope to society, Rayeesi said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.
He noted that reopening of businesses and creation of vitality in the country became possible only due to people’s cooperation and the efforts of the healthcare staff, specially those who were martyred.
Rayeesi referred to the decrease in the number of COVID-19 deaths and infections and the nearly-zero daily death toll, saying the efforts of the healthcare workers must be appreciated.
The Iranian health ministry announced on Wednesday that 265 new cases of coronavirus infection have been identified across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 3 patients have passed away in the same period of time.
The health ministry public relations said that no cities are rated red or orange, adding that 106 cities are yellow, and 342 cities are blue.
Coronavirus figures and deaths have been on a downward trend since the government started a mass vaccination campaign.
In a televised interview in May, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi touched on the reopening of businesses and schools after a successful vaccination campaign, saying that "today, in addition to importing vaccines, we also have a very high capacity to produce vaccines in the country and even export them”.
The president said his government's measures have brought down the number of daily deaths from the coronavirus pandemic to a one-digit number from hundreds.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting approximately all countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. It has so far killed over 6.3 million people and infected over 545 million others globally.
The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Although the US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
In relevant remarks in August, Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Mokhber rapped Washington and its allies for imposing banking sanctions that prevent Iran’s efforts to buy drugs and medical equipment amid a surge in the number of coronavirus infected and deaths in the country.
“Although the arrogant system (led by the US) claims that access to medicine is free for all people and there is no restriction for any country when we want to purchase the needed medicine, they do not allow transfer of money and prevent the drugs’ imports,” Mokhber said, addressing a meeting in Tehran.
He also noted that coronavirus has affected many businesses and the shortage of medicine and treatment-related issues have also placed a heavy burden on the country's budget, saying that these problems need serious planning and efforts to address the problems of businesses that are affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.