Iranian official steps back after calling Chinese Covid-19 figures “joke” | News from the world


The Iranian health ministry spokesman backed down after calling Chinese official figures for the coronavirus epidemic a “joke.”

Kianoush Jahanpour made the remarks during a press conference and tweet on Sunday, adding that China had given the impression that the coronavirus was like the flu but with fewer deaths.

Symptoms are defined by the NHS as follows:

  • high temperature – you feel warm to the touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means that you have started coughing several times

The NHS advice is that anyone with symptoms stay at home for at least 7 days.

If you live with other people, they must stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

After 14 days, anyone with whom you have no symptoms can return to their normal routine. But, if someone in your home has symptoms, they should stay home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they are at home for more than 14 days.

If you live with someone who is 70 or older, has a long-term illness, is pregnant, or has a weakened immune system, try to find another place to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to get as far away from each other as possible.

After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature, you can resume your normal routine.

If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.

If you still cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you don’t need to stay at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection clears up.

Staying at home means you need to:

  • do not go to work, school or public places
  • do not use public transport or taxis
  • have no visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
  • don’t go out to buy food or collect medicine – order it over the phone or online, or have someone drop it off at your house

You can use your garden, if you have one. You can also leave the house to exercise – but stay at least 2 meters from other people.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, use the NHS 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Source: NHS England March 23, 2020

His tweet led to a reproach from Chinese ambassador to Iran, Chang Hua, who said that the Chinese Ministry of Health held a press conference every day. “I suggest you read their news very carefully in order to draw conclusions,” said the ambassador.

Sino-Iranian relations are generally warm, in part because China is a key market for Iranian oil, and critics of Chinese coronavirus figures previously came exclusively from the west.

Jahanpour said he had simply commented on how China’s epidemiological assessment of the coronavirus was not shared by Iran.

After making representations to the Iranian foreign ministry, Jahanpour, a familiar face on Iranian television, said on Monday: “We should also see the glass half full. At the very least, we have all decided that we must respect the principles of diplomacy. “


Meanwhile, Iran has announced plans to ban print newspapers to slow the spread of the disease. The editors of seven titles, including reformist Etemad and Ebtekar, protested the decision, saying it represented a new incursion on press freedom and would bankrupt them.

Alireza Zali, the commander-in-chief of anti-coronavirus HQ in Tehran, said: “Especially in Tehran Province, we have witnessed a very serious change in the presence and movement of people in cities, and unfortunately, in At a time when we are witnessing this increase in car traffic, the number of people entering Tehran hospitals continues to increase. “

He said there had been a 25% increase in hospital admissions and a 15% increase in intensive care admissions on Sunday compared to the previous day.

Iran said on Monday that its death toll from the coronavirus had risen to 3,739, an increase of 136 over the past 24 hours, and a total of 60,500 people had been infected, or 2,274 since the previous day.


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