The COVID-19 pandemic in the Islamic Republic of Iran is part of the worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
In response to the coronavirus the Iranian government cancelled public events, festival celebrations, and Friday prayers, as well as closing schools, universities, shopping centers, bazaars, and holy shrines. Economic measures were also announced to help needy families and struggling businesses.
Once again US sanctions have made the humanitarian crisis even worse. According to the Iranian embassy in London, “US sanctions have made it difficult for governmental and non-governmental institutions to provide medication for people who are infected by the coronavirus”.
President Hassan Rouhani wrote a public letter to world leaders asking for help, saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran did not have access to international markets due to the sanctions.
The UK, Pakistan, China, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the G-77 all urged the US to ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic to help it fight the growing coronavirus outbreak.