The medical professionals fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country are featured on a commemorative postage stamp of Iran.
We can read on National Iranian Postal Company that “the new stamp salutes the sacrifices of the country’s medical staff as front-line efforts to fight the coronavirus”.
The stamp design includes symbolic images from electron micrographs of the coronavirus with three people from the medical profession wearing face masks and a soldier wearing a gas mask and the inscription ‘National Heroes’ on the lower left.
This is probably the first postage stamp in the world related to this coronavirus pandemic. The unveiling was announced Wednesday, March the 17th and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani unveiled the stamp as part of a cabinet meeting.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN IRAN
The outbreak led the Iranian government to close schools, universities and cultural centers in 14 provinces as a preventative measure. Soccer matches and movie screenings were suspended. In Tehran, authorities ordered snack shops and water fountains in subway stations to close.
“We urge people to avoid shaking hands and kissing, to observe personal hygiene and preferably avoid crowded places,” said Qasem Jan-Babaei, Iran’s deputy health minister, during a press conference to announce the outbreak.
The local government sent workers to disinfect buses and subway trains. Health Minister Saeed Namaki promised free treatment for coronavirus patients. He said that the country would dedicate 230 hospitals to fighting the virus.
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Source: Denise McCarty – Linns.com