US Sanctions on Iran Threat to Global Public Health: Envoy

Yolanda Curtis
April 5, 2020

There is no official lockdown within Iran's cities, although the government has repeatedly urged Iranians to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus.

"The sanctions have blocked Iran's banking interaction with other countries in the purchase of commodities required in the fight against the coronavirus", Baqaei Hamaneh said in a letter to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, Xinhua reported citing the state TV.

Gholam Hossein Dehqani said in a letter to Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said, "The "unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran under the guise of its maximum pressure campaign undermine the country's ability to effectively battle the virus without any global support in the long run".

The television showed stores that had re-opened despite a closure order on non-essential services and businesses. Developed by a consortium of Iranian universities in just one month, it uses artificial intelligence to analyze computed tomography (CT) scans of potentially infected lungs, which allows doctors to download images and instantly get results.

Earlier the judiciary said most of some 70 inmates who escaped from a prison in western Iran last month are now back in jail. About 100,000 detainees have actually been given short-term launch because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Efforts to contain the spread of the virus have been limited by U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. "We experience this loss every day, and it can be counted in people that would not have died", Hanachi said.

"Undisputed fact: United States "diplomats" have always been in the business of coups, arming terrorists", ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Twitter on Saturday.

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden called on President Donald Trump on Thursday to ease economic sanctions on Iran as a humanitarian gesture to help the country fend off the coronavirus.

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