Iran's new president calls on use all available capacity to control COVID-19 spread
TEHRAN, Iran, Aug. 9
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi instructed the Ministry of Health to use all the necessary capacities to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Trend reports citing IRNA.
President Raisi in separate telephone calls to the Ministry of Health and the governor of Khorasan Razavi Province, followed up on the latest situation with the coronavirus, and emphasized the use of all available capacities to accelerate the control of the disease, treatment and provision of services to patients, and issued necessary instructions.
Iran, grappling with its most severe surge of coronavirus to date, reported more new infections and deaths across the country on Sunday than any other single day since the pandemic began.
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 of Iran only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19. The pandemic hit a wide range of businesses in Iran since its outbreak in mid-February.
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.