Iran unveils its second coronavirus test kit

A week after the first Iranian coronavirus test kit was unveiled by a private firm, a biomedicine company affiliated with the Iranian Defense Ministry has provided another test kit which is able to determine the disease in three hours.

Society Economy

Coronavirus grounds 90 percent of Iranian flights

Iranian airlines have cancelled nearly 90 percent of their flights planned for a holiday season after the novel coronavirus pandemic caused many travelers to stay at home.


Iran allocates 20% of state budget to virus fight

President Hassan Rouhani announced that his government has allocated 20 percent of its budget for the new Persian year of 1399 to countering the new coronavirus pandemic.

Macro Economy

Rouhani seeks $1 billion from Iran’s wealth fund for virus fight

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants to tap the country’s sovereign wealth fund for $1 billion to support a healthcare system overstretched by a major coronavirus outbreak, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Society Economy

Iran approves $5bn cheap loans plan to support businesses amid coronavirus pandemic

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has approved emergency funding worth nearly $5 billion to offer cheap loans to businesses hit by the new coronavirus pandemic.

Macro Economy

Iranian private firm starts supplying coronavirus test kits

An Iranian private pharmaceutical company has started supplying coronavirus test kits that provide results in 2 hours.

Society Economy

EU urges international aid for Iran in coronavirus fight

The EU on Monday urged the international community to send humanitarian aid to Iran to help its coronavirus fight, arguing that such steps would not breach US sanctions.

Society Economy

Iran builds temporary coronavirus hospital inside shopping mall

Iran has braced itself with a temporary hospital built in the country’s largest shopping center - the Iran Mall, which will be put into use soon for patients infected with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Society Economy

Pakistan PM urges US to lift Iran sanctions amid virus outbreak

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged US President Donald Trump to lift unilateral sanctions that his administration has imposed on Iran as Tehran is engaged in a diligent fight against the ongoing pandemic of the deadly new coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

Society Economy

Iran not invited to IMF meeting on coronavirus pandemic

Iran has been sidelined from an initiative by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to coordinate efforts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Macro Economy