Tehran is willing to assist the US to control the spread of coronavirus pandemic, Iranian Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi announced. Iran is plagued by the coronavirus pandemic and as per estimations, the Islamic republic could a minimum o 12,000 deaths.
“Iran is ready to help the US to control the coronavirus,” he said, according to the IRNA news agency. He added that if “the US wants to help Iran, then they should remove sanctions and compensate caused losses.” According to the deputy minister, “US healthcare system is not ready to curb the threat of coronavirus.”
Earlier, on March 12, US President Donald Trump offered aid to Iran in controlling the coronavirus spread. In response, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Washington can support by removing sanctions.
Iranian authorities used to repeat that US restrictions against Tehran complicate the country’s fight against the disease. On March 16, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang alleged that unilateral sanctions of the US against Iran amid coronavirus spread would only worsen the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Iran has announced its most frightful warning yet about the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country, suggesting “millions” could die in the country if people keep travelling and ignore health advisories.
A state television journalist and a medic practitioner issued the warning on citing a study by Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology, which offered three possibilities about the coronavirus pandemic in Iran.
Dr Afruz Eslami said if people begin to cooperate now, Iran will see 120,000 infections and 12,000 deaths before the outbreak is over. If they offer medium cooperation, there will be 300,000 cases and 110,000 deaths, she added.
But if people fail to follow any guidance, it could collapse Iran’s already-strained medical system, Eslami said. If the “medical facilities are not sufficient, there will be four million cases, and 3.5 million people will die,” she said.