Iran presents national strategy to fight coronavirus

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Health Ministry announced that today, March 5, the country will embark on a national mobilization plan to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that 300,000 teams will be mobilized in health centers, schools and Basij bases across the country. Some 26,000 health centers will be set up across Iranian cities and villages.

Namaki said that the centers will test suspected patients and then monitor them in their homes. If their health does not improve within three days, they will be taken to a hospital or receive in-home care.

According to spokesman for the Health Ministry Kianoush Jahanpour, Iran’s coronavirus cases have reached 3,513 with 107 deaths. He said that there have been 591 new cases of the COVID-19 virus in the last 24 hours. The outbreak has centered in the provinces of Tehran, Gilan, Qom and Esfahan, but dozens of other Iranian provinces have confirmed cases of coronavirus in the double or triple digits. The most recent province to report a confirmed case is Bushehr.

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