TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that over 1,000 medical centers in the country have received necessary equipment to conduct tests on people suspected of infection to coronavirus, and added that Iran ranks first in the Muslim world in scientific achievements.
"Based on a report [by the health ministry], 1,200 centers across the country are ready to take samples and tests from people and 17,500 nursing and health homes are also prepared to provide hygiene and treatment services to people," Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran on Saturday.
He added that Iran ranks 15th in the world and 1st in the Muslim world in area of science, noting that two drugs which have proved efficiency in treatment of coronavirus disease have been identified and are being used in the country now.
Rouhani underlined that today many people from across the world travel to Iran for treatment, adding that certain medical operations, including organ transplantation, are carried out in Iran at highest quality levels and with most efficiency rates.
The Iranian health ministry announced on Friday that 2,886 new cases of infection to coronavirus have been diagnosed in the country in the past 24 hours, noting that no deaths has been reported in 13 provinces.
"2,886 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country in the past 24 hours based on confirmed diagnosis criteria," Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Friday.
He explained that 527 new patients have been hospitalized and 2,359 others, equal to 82%, are identified as outpatients who have been in contact with infected individuals.
Jahanpour noted that the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has increased to 167,156 people.He expressed pleasure that 129,741 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
Jahanpour said that 8,134 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, including 63 in the past 24 hours.
The ministry’s spokesman, meantime, expressed concern that 2,573 patients infected with COVID-19 virus are in critical conditions.
Jahanpour also said that there are concerns about seven provinces, adding that the condition of Khuzestan province is still red.
He expressed pleasure that there have been no reports of death in 13 provinces and 5 provinces witnessed only 1 death during the past 24 hours.