TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_A round-the-clock effort is underway to manage various aspects of this issue and to help fellow countrymen who live in contaminated areas in China,” Abbas Mousavi told reporters on Thursday.
He said the Iranian Embassy established sustained communication with the Iranian students in the central-eastern Chinese city, which contains the majority of the affected cases, from the very early hours, when the virus began to spread.
“The first goal to be pursued was to take [our] dear students and compatriots out of this city,” he said, adding, “Various approaches were followed to enable this first via land and then by air.”
The Embassy has adopted the necessary precautions, including providing the students with relief packages, the spokesperson said. In some cases, the diplomatic mission has based its preemptory steps on its consultations with the China-based Iranian communities, Mousavi noted.
The official announced that necessary communications and coordination have also gone underway with relevant domestic organizations towards implementation of protective hygienic measures.
The Islamic Republic keeps up its consultations with Chinese officials as it seeks to fend off the potential risks facing the country amid the epidemic, Mousavi concluded.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the death toll from the virus, whose origin is yet uncertain, had reached 169 as hard-hit Hubei province reported 37 new fatalities.
Many foreign governments are busy flying their citizens out of Hubei. Cases have also been detected elsewhere in China and in at least 15 other countries.