According to the Iranian authorities, more than 1500 people have so far tested positive for the respiratory disease Covid-19 in the country, for 66 of those infected the disease proved fatal. Medical equipment for testing and to care for the ill is lacking which is why the Iranian Government asked the World Health Organization for support. A team of WHO experts is currently on its way to Tehran to advise the Iranian authorities.
Equipment for laboratory tests
Together, Germany, France and the UK have made funding available to help the Iranian population in the fight against Covid-19. On Monday (2 March), urgently needed equipment for laboratory tests and other items such as protective suits and gloves are being sent to Tehran by plane.
Furthermore the E3 Governments have committed to providing more than 5 million euros quickly to fight the Covid-19 virus in Iran. This assistance is to be made available through the World Health Organization (WHO) and other United Nations agencies. Germany, France and the UK are supporting efforts around the world to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.