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Health Minister Asks WHO to Bring 'Transparency' on COVID-19 Figures in Region

2021-02-18 02:28:52
The Iranian health minister has called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to help bring transparency on coronavirus figures in the region.

Saeed Namaki said Iran’s statistics with regards to COVID-19 infections and deaths have been real.

“The WHO should help make coronavirus figures in the region transparent, so that the authenticity of the statistics offered by the Islamic Republic of Iran will be known to everyone once coronavirus figures in the region are verified,” he said on the sidelines of a meeting with WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed Al-Mandhari.

“Almost one year has passed since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Iran, and we had prepared ourselves to manage the disease at least one month before when the virus was reported in China’s Wuhan,” the minister explained.

“Despite the heavy pressure due to cruel sanctions, the management of the COVID-19 disease in the Islamic Republic of Iran was one of the effective instance of managing [the virus outbreak] in the region,” he said.

“The establishment of the National Coronavirus Headquarters, the support offered by the Supreme Leader and the president and Cabinet members and other institutions within the legislative and judicial branches of government as well as NGOs and the Armed Forces and the Basij Organization and popular aid to manage the disease was very important to international authorities,” said Namaki.