There are 41,495 Covid-19 cases in Iran, the country’s health officials reported in the latest update. The death toll from the pandemic has reached 2,757 in the Islamic Republic, a nation hit hard by the viral disease.
Iran is among the nations hardest-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with a number of reported deaths on par with France.
The Iranian government blames US unilateral sanctions for undermining its ability to deal with the disease. Washington has been using a so-called ‘maximum pressure campaign’ to cripple the Iranian economy after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the US restrictions that were imposed amid the pandemic against Iran and other nations “economic and medical terrorism” and “a crime against humanity and the entire global community.”
“In this sensitive moment the only useful thing America can do is not stand in the way of Iran’s fight against the coronavirus and not to disrupt the delivery of international humanitarian aid,” the minister wrote in the Russian daily Kommersant on Monday.