Tehran ready to provide aid to US in fight against coronavirus

Authorities in Tehran announced Thursday is ready to provide assistance to the US to control the coronavirus spread as the american are been rattled by the deadly virus.

 According to the Iranian Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi, "Iran is ready to help the US to control the coronavirus," the IRNA news agency reported. 

He added that if "the US wants to help Iran, then they should remove sanctions and compensate caused losses." 

According to the Iranian deputy minister, "US healthcare system is not ready to curb the coronavirus [threat]."

On March 12, US President Donald Trump repeatedly offered assistance to Iran in curbing the coronavirus spread. In response, Iranian politicians, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that the US can assist by withdrawing 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 claimed that unilateral sanctions of the US against Iran amid coronavirus spread would only exacerbate the situation.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the US deliberately takes actions that thwart Iran’s fight against the infection.

The coronavirus outbreak was registered in central China in late December 2019. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. COVID-19 infection cases have been recorded in more than 170 countries. According to the latest data, over 220,000 people have contracted the virus; about 8,900 of them have died. 

A total of 147 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia as yet, one person died.

Africa has recorded 17 fatalities from the virus so far while the total number of the death toll in Europe has surpassed the fatalities recorded in Asia.

Italy, Iran and South Korea are the worst hit nations outside China currently.

Total death in Italy alone has surpassed that of China.

Iranian authorities on Thursday announced 149 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the toll to 1,284 in a country that is one of the worst hit by the pandemic.

With President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency and many states in US also followed suits, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 10,491 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 3,404 cases from its previous count, and said the death toll had risen by 53 to 150.

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