Rouhani urged Iranians to help deal with the economic decline from the virus

President Hassan Rouhani has called on Iran to take seriously the economic problems caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Speaking at a meeting of his administration's Economic Committee in Tehran on Sunday, he said public cooperation was the most effective way to deal with setbacks.

"Iran, like many other countries, is in the grip of the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, and more problems can be solved through the active involvement of the people," he said.

He said the country was well aware of the financial complexities of the coronavirus when it came under very harsh and inhumane sanctions.

Rouhani also reiterated the government's determination to protect the public from viral damage.

"While economists believe that the economic consequences of the coronavirus are more permanent and harmful than the virus, the government has tried to protect the public and the economy from problems by adopting special measures," he said.

Rouhani said that the government's first priority to combat the economic impact of coronaviruses is to take care of the families' livelihoods and finances, especially for the low income and low privileged.

Iran was one of the countries exposed to coronavirus shown in China in late December 2019 before spreading to the world.

Illegal US sanctions have hindered virus-fighting in Iran, which reported cases of the first COVID-19 infection in late February.

On Sunday, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lauri reported 2,472 new coronavirus infections and 107 deaths in the last 24 hours, totaling 187,427 cases and a death rate of 8,837.

So far, 148,674 patients have been cured and discharged from the hospital.

Larry said the situation was red because of the large number of infections in western Azerbaijan, Hormuzgan, Khuzestan, Kordestan, Kurmanshah, Sistan, and Bucharest and Bushehr provinces.

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