According to Press TV, Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali said Tuesday that the Russian government had donated 50,000 diagnostic kits to Tehran’s Embassy, adding that the equipment will be supplied to the medical personnel at the front line of the fight against the coronavirus outbreak inside Iran as soon as possible.
He also hailed Russia’s cooperation with Iran to counter the epidemic and stressed that both countries were determined to enhance ties in the health sector.
“Iran has taken necessary measures to contain the coronavirus and prevent its spread,” said the diplomat, but added that “eradicating this virus requires regional and global cooperation.”
The Iranian ambassador further expressed hope for closer Tehran-Moscow cooperation against the growing epidemic, which he described as an international threat.
Iran is developing its own diagnostic kits, which will be supplied to the market as of March 20.
The coronavirus initially emerged in China late last year and is now spreading in Europe and across West Asia, sparking fears of a global pandemic.
The illness, whose symptoms are fever, cough and difficulty breathing, may cause lung lesions and pneumonia.
Since December 2019, over 114,510 people have been infected in several countries, with more than 4,020 deaths mostly in China.