“At present, we produce nearly 70,000 masks in Tehran every day and around 1,000 more are also produced in Mashhad,” Sarkar told FNA on Sunday.
He also said that talks have been held with the companies which produce nano filters to change their lines to produce nano masks, adding that they enjoy the capacity to manufacture 100,000 masks each day.
Sarkar expressed the hope that the capacity to produce nano masks would increase to 300,000 in the next 10 days.
Sarkar had announced on Tuesday that that the Iran-made nano masks are of N94 and N99 types with high filtration power, noting that they will be first provided to the medical staff who are in direct contact with the patients.
Sarkar said that there are a few countries in the world which enjoy the capability to produce such masks, adding that even Japan, Britain and Germany are not able to produce them and Iran has exported its nano masks to South Korea, Malaysia, Czech and other states so far due to their high quality.
The Iranian health ministry announced on Saturday that the number of people diagnosed with infection to COVID-19 virus had increased to 593, adding that 43 patients had also died.
It said that 123 patients firmly infected with COVID-19 virus had been treated in Iran so far.