Decreasing number of hospital check-ins, death toll indicate important measures taken/ All businesses, gatherings previously declared closed to remain closed until April 3/ Prisoners’ furlough to be extended until April 19

President appreciated people for heeding the health recommendations and the warnings of the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus and thanked the devotion and self-sacrifice of all medical staff in the country, stressing that it is still imperative to keep contacts minimal and reduce travels to the least possible.

Tue 24 - March 2020 - 12:02

Speaking on Tuesday at the session of National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus, President Hassan Rouhani referred to the report presented at the session and described the decreasing number of hospital check-ins and death toll as indicating that important measures have been taken.

Parts of President Hassan Rouhani’s speech is as follows:

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Among the topics discussed was a report where, overall, it was evident that hospital check-ins in provinces had declined and that the number of death toll was declining, both of which were important to us. The steps taken so far have been important.

Once again, we thank the health system of the country for all the hard work, dedication and sacrifice it is making for this important work, and thank our dear people for heeding the recommendations. Statistics show that most people pay attention to these recommendations.

One of the important issues raised at the meeting is that we must implement policies to provide the health system with the time needed for treatment. So we have to act in a way that our beds, our intensive care unit, and our doctors and nurses have the potential and capacity to do this.

The next issue was for us to do something that in terms of health care, the virus would not spread so that we could break the chain and it was suggested that an infected person would infect several people if they had normal contact, and what happens if they were quarantined.

Therefore, it is important that if we find out somebody is infected by the virus must be quarantined somewhere for two weeks or 14 days.

Therefore, it has been recommended that all those businesses or gatherings that were declared closed before, to remain closed until April 3, including education centres and shopping malls, except for groceries, shops selling hygiene products and people’s daily needs.

The Ministry of Health has announced in our previous sessions that the distance between people must be around 2 metres, and we must pay attention to these recommendations.

It is still imperative to keep contacts minimal and reduce travels to the least possible until the end of holidays, which is April 19, and this is what stressed in this meeting.

The other issue was the number of cars that have exited province capitals; for example, Tehran and Karaj were brought up. Naturally, they have numbers and we have their mobile numbers. It would be good to ask the same questions from the owners and if somebody has a problem, we can address it.

I emphasise once again, we had previously decided that cars have to be examined at city exits and people must be checked for temperature, but someone told me that he was checked three times on the way from Tehran to Karaj. This is not what we announced.

I once again ask the governors and governor generals to pay attention to all decisions.

Another point that was raised at the meeting was about companies that provide public services and instead of people going to the stores they provide services and bring what people need to their door.

These companies are expected to continue their efforts, and if they have problems with the supply of services, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology should assist them.

The goal is to reduce people’s going out of house so that one person can get out instead of 10 people.

Another issue was raised was government employees. Out of the total number of government employees, which about 2.5 million, 1.2 employees stopped working or their work was limited from March 20.

Some other employees, that means around 500 thousand people or less, 1/3 of whom can begin working and 2/3 of whom can stay home until April 3.

The other issue that was discussed was prisoners, whose furlough was decided to extend to April 3, but we decided to extend it to April 19.

I urge the dear people of our country to observe the health recommendations so that we can overcome this stage.

Wassalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

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