News ID: 268812
Published: 0228 GMT May 09, 2020

Iran sends homegrown COVID-19 test kits to several countries

Iran sends homegrown COVID-19 test kits to several countries

Iran has sent 40,000 COVID-19 test kits to several countries to help them in their fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Friday.

Zarif said the “advanced Iran-made test kits” exported to Germany, Turkey and other countries.

He also stressed the importance of international cooperation on the response to the pandemic, thanking Indian Parsis for sending aid to Iran.

“The Parsis of India – Zoroastrians whose ancestors long ago emigrated to India – have remained ever faithful in their love for Iran. Grateful for their Covid-19 package for Iranians,” he said.

Up to 69,000 Parsis, who are Zoroastrians of Iranian origin, currently live in India.

President Hassan Rouhani on Friday issued an order to boost the production of homegrown test kits in order to pave the way for exporting more of them.

In a telephone conversation on Friday, Rouhani ordered Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari to employ all domestic capacities and offer full support to scientific and research centers to increase the production of coronavirus diagnostic test kits.

The president underlined that the homegrown production should satisfy the domestic demands and allow for the export of the test kits to the countries needing them.

The export of Iranian diagnosis kits comes after Tehran announced last week that it had permitted the export of test kits after a reported surge in their production.

Speaking about the export of diagnosis kits last week, Sattari said that Iran is currently producing many products needed to combat COVID-19 which it could not produce before.

Iran has become needless of importing most medical products related to the coronavirus, he said.

Facing widespread US sanctions, Iran stepped up indigenous efforts to develop necessary medical equipment following the COVID-19 outbreak, quickly developing mass production lines for medical supplies such as ventilators, test kits, masks and disinfectants.


Infections rising in SW Iran

The Health Ministry warned Saturday that coronavirus infections were rising in the southwest despite falls in other regions, as it announced more than 1,500 new confirmed cases.

"All provinces are showing a gradual drop in new infections... except for Khuzestan, where the situation is still concerning," ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in televised remarks.

The Health Ministry stopped publishing provincial figures for the coronavirus last month.

It has instead opted for a color-coded system of white for low-risk parts of the country, yellow for medium-risk and red for high-risk areas.

Latest reports have shown Khuzestan red along with a few other provinces, including the capital Tehran and the holy city of Qom, where Iran reported its first cases in February.

Early last week, Iran's official daily cases hit its lowest level since March 10, but it has since climbed again steadily.

Jahanpour said 1,529 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, taking the overall total to 106,220.

There were 48 new deaths taking the overall toll to 6,589.

Of all those admitted to hospital, 85,064 people had recovered and been discharged.

Press TV and AFP contributed to this story.












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