10 Iran provinces have passed COVID-19 peak: Rouhani

TEHRAN, Aug. 01 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that some 10 provinces have successfully passed the peak of the outbreak.

He made the remarks on Saturday while speaking at the Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters.

Rouhani said that nearly 10 provinces that had experienced tough conditions in the past weeks are facing less difficulty as the peak has passed.

He called on people to continue following health guidelines and directives of the Headquarters, noting that if the current cooperation of people continues, better achievements will be gained in the coming weeks.

Rouhani also hailed the guidelines of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Friday who had urged all people to follow directives issued by the Headquarters.

Emphasizing that the country's strategy against coronavirus has not changed, the president said that all the regulations passed by the HQ will remain in force until the Ministry of Health announces to the people that an acceptable vaccine is available and the situation has changed.

"The statistics and reports presented at today's meeting were promising for the situation in the provinces,” he said, according to his office’s website.

The President continued, "For Muharram and mourning in this month, regulations have been set that will be finalized, approved and announced by next week.”

Emphasizing that our strategy on the virus has not changed and is the same as the previous strategy, he said, "Educating and explaining to the people about this virus should continue to be on our agenda as a principle, and people should also observe health protocols.”

Emphasizing that the person violating health protocols must be dealt with, Rouhani said, "If a person does not follow health protocols and principles, he must be punished”.

The president added, "Continuing to test and identify people with the disease is the way to deal with this disease, and we must know who is the carrier so that after identifying infected people, we can separate them from society.”

In another part of his speech, Rouhani said that the speed of the virus spread in some provinces has been high, adding, "The provinces have been given the necessary authority to make the necessary decisions in the provincial task forces to control and curb the virus.”

Rouhani emphasized the strengthening of the health sector as one of the important issues and said, "Increasing the number of hospital beds and providing the necessary supplies and equipment, strengthening the medical and nursing staff by hiring new personnel is still our priority.”

The President continued his speech by appreciating the wise speech of the Supreme Leader of the Revolution yesterday, saying, "The very important point of his speech was that the final authority in charge of public health in the current situation is exclusively this headquarters."

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