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Iran to cover 90% of coronavirus patients' expenses

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 28, 2020
Iran announced on Saturday that it would cover 90% of the health care expenses of each of its citizens diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
Hassan Rouhani
President   Hassan Rouhani
Speaking at the country's coronavirus prevention center in the capital Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani said the government had fortified the country's health care system over the past six years, IRNA news agency reported.

Topics: Iran coronavirus

Rouhani noted that 90% of health care expenses of Iranians diagnosed with COVID-19 who apply to hospitals, would be met by the government through health insurance.

He added that there was no food shortage in the country and that officials were cautiously following developments.

Blaming U.S. sanctions for difficulties faced in the country, he said that 20% of this year's budget translating to 10 trillion rials ($237.5 million) had been allocated to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

"It might be surprising for the world to see that a country facing harsh sanctions could allocate this budget. Besides, our health care personnel's motivation is high, our hospitals are fully equipped," he added.

Rouhani stressed that it was a moral and cultural responsibility for people to respect and protect one another: "If someone is diagnosed, or is suspected of having COVID-19, hiding this would be high treason."

People with suspicions of COVID-19 should seek medical attention as soon as possible and the best way to avoid the illness is to keep social distance, he said.