Aug 03, 2020 10:53 UTC
  • WHO envoy hails Iran's response to COVID-19

The World Health Organization’s Representative in Iran, Christoph Hamelmann, hailed the Islamic Republic’s response to the coronavirus, saying also that the organization has plans to provide Iran with hygiene supplies.

According to Tasnim news agency, Hamelmann said on Monday in a meeting with the president of Hamedan University of Medical Sciences “The World Health Organization has plans underway to produce coronavirus diagnostic test kits as well as hygiene supplies."

He hailed the efforts made by the Western Province of Hamedan’s health officials to launch production lines for protective gears and said, “Provision of protective gears is an issue (for all) amid the pandemic.”

The WHO envoy said medical and hygiene supplies will be sent to the province soon.

The daily death toll from COVID-19 in Iran stood at above 200 as of Sunday, as the total number of cases since the outbreak of the disease in the country surpassed 309،000.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari put the death toll from COVID-19 in Iran at 17،190,  saying the disease has taken the lives of 208 patients over the previous 24 hours.

She said the total number of people tested positive for COVID-19 in the country has risen to 309،437 following the detection of 2،685 new cases since yesterday.

Of the new cases detected since Saturday, 1،423 patients have been admitted to the hospital, she added.

At least 268,102 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran, the spokeswoman said.

The number of people infected with COVID-19 across the world has surpassed 18.2 million and the death toll has exceeded 693،000.