14 Million Iranians Screened for Coronavirus: Minister

Iran Starts Phase Two of National Campaign against COVID-19

Iran’s Health Minister Saeid Namaki says almost 14 million people have been screened for coronavirus up to now.

Out of 14 million people screened for COVID-19, some 73,434 people have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 symptoms, Namaki said.

The minister said those who may carry and spread the virus will be strongly isolated and put under treatment.

Earlier, Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi had noted that the National Plan to Fight against Coronavirus been officially launched nationwide since Saturday. He said 6.5 million people have been screened through health centres and the rest have been screened through the salamat.gov.ir self-reporting portal.

He went on to say that 70,000 workers in health centres across the country have contacted people and followed up their health condition.

“Healthcare workers are contacting people with symptoms to make them feel comfortable,” he said.

Iran has been trying to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus which so far has infected some 14,000 people and killed 853 until Monday.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Most people recover in a matter of weeks.

The virus has infected more than 150,000 people worldwide and killed more than 5,800. More than 70,000 people worldwide have recovered after being infected.

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