Iran begins lifting lockdown restrictions

Being under heavy US sanctions, Iran overcomes the pandemic

Starting from April 20, Tehran is gradually easing quarantine regulations, reopening manufacturing facilities, construction industry and some other services. At the same time, the Islamic Republic of Iran is most affected country by the coronavirus outbreak, RISS expert Marianna Bakonina says.

She noted that when the true scale of virus spread had become clear, Iran had started to combat the pandemic “really seriously.” Preventive coronavirus containment measures made it possible for Iran to avoid the sad Italian and Spanish scenarios. According to the expert, the reason is the difference in health care systems.

Iran actively uses the experience of the Soviet medical care, which was aimed to maintain and improve the health status of the entire population. Any person can get consultation from a specialist doctor. When it became clear that a new viral outbreak began to spread in Iran, the government launched a website and a hotline to provide information on coronavirus.

Members of the Basij movement under the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were also in service to help contain the coronavirus outbreak in Iran. As a result, Tehran doctors within two weeks examined half a million people; 10 thousand patients were hospitalized. Iran has also promptly developed a special treatment to help patients infected with the novel coronavirus. A lot of field hospitals were deployed instantly; patients with mild cases are being sent there for treatment. All common public places were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. All visitors to the shops were given single-use gloves. The places where homeless people live were also sanitized.

“It was much more difficult for Iran than other countries to fight the pandemic as it is under heavy US sanctions. Humanitarian supplies are exempt from the US sanctions, but most of the foreign banks refused dealing with Tehran due to restrictions. Two weeks ago, Iran recorded very high death toll in single day, but now it does not reach even a hundred people a day,” RISS expert concluded.

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