Iran Khodro breaks production record despite COVID-19 pandemic
TEHRAN,Iran, May 25
Iran Khodro Industrial Group (IKCO) has produced 51,455 vehicles from April 20 till May 21, Managing Director of Iran Khodro Farshad Moghimi told Trend.
The mentioned amount is more than in the same time of the past Iranian year (began March 21, 2019).
"Iran Khodro's auto production in the past month has increased by 28 percent, comparing to same period last Iranian year, when the figure stood at 40,303 vehicles," he said.
"The company's auto production in the current Iranian year (began March 20, 2020) has increased and broke record for the past two years, when the highest mark stood at 50,440 vehicles," said Moghimi.
"Iran Khodro has produced 66,559 vehicles from the start of this Iranian year (began March 20,2020), which indicates a 8-percent increase compared to same period of the previous year," he said.
"The company's production target was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the production line was inactive since the start of the new Iranian year (began March 20, 2020) until April 11," he added.
"The increase of production of one of the country's biggest automakers indicates that Iran Khodro's target will succeed this year," he said.
Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from the Iranian officials, over 135,000 people have been infected 7,417 people have already died. Meanwhile, over 105,000 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.
The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.
The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.