Iran increases production of health care items

Business Materials 12 March 2020 15:39 (UTC +04:00)
Iran increases production of health care items

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 12

By Elnur Baghishov - Trend

Production of health care items in Iran increased by 79 percent from March 3 through March 10, said Abbas Tabesh, Managing Director of Consumers and Producers Protection Organization, Trend reports with reference to Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade.

The production of masks grew from 425,000 units on March 2 to 776,000 masks on March 10, the director added.

Tabesh noted that during this period, alcohol production increased by 50 percent, from 226,000 liters to 344,000 liters.

As a result of inspections made by the representatives of the organization during the week, 17,000 liters of alcohol worth a total of 1.21 trillion rials (about $28.8 million), 527,000 masks, 219,000 pairs of gloves, and 28,500 liters of disinfectants were discovered.

"In addition, representatives of other relevant authorities also conducted inspections and found various means," Tabesh said.

A number of businesses and individuals have engaged in speculation amid the spread of coronavirus in Iran. The government is taking a number of measures to address this issue, said the ministry .

Iran is one of the recent countries, affected by the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. According to recent reports from the Iranian officials, over 9,000 people have been infected, 354 people have already died. Meanwhile, over 2,900 have reportedly recovered from the disease.

The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.

Following the reports of coronavirus spread in the Islamic Republic, several countries have taken measures, including closing borders and banning flights.

The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.