“We enjoy the capability in Iran to produce nanofibers and naturally, our approach was to increase production of N95 masks by using nanotechnology and we achieved the goal and the medical staff were supplied with high-quality masks,” Sarkar told FNA.
“We plan to increase the industrial machines or production lines of nanofibers to attain self-sufficiency in production of N95 masks,” he added.
Sarkar said that at present 250,000 N95 masks are being produced in Iran which can meet the needs of medical staff, stressing the need for more production.
Sarkar had also said earlier this month that the country’s knowledge-based companies have bolstered their capacity to produce N95 masks (made by nano-based textiles) to 250,000 on a daily basis.
“The capacity to produce masks in Iran has four-folded since the start of coronavirus epidemic and more measures are underway to increase it,” Sarkar said.
He noted that the Iranian knowledge-based companies have managed to produce 20,000 N95 masks on the first days of the coronavirus epidemic, adding, “The number has today increased to 250,000 masks.”
Sarkar said that his country has now no problem in supplying the medical staff with N95 masks, saying that more efforts are needed to provide such equipment to the people who work in crowded areas, including banks, subways, etc.
Iranian health ministry announced on Monday that 1,617 more cases of coronavirus infection have been identified in the country, adding that the virus has killed 4,585 people so far.
“1,617 more patients infected with COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country since yesterday, increasing the total number of coronavirus patients in Iran to 73,303 people” Iranian Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Monday.
He added that 4,585 people have lost their lives due to infection to the virus, including 111 in the past 24 hours.
Jahanpour, meantime, said that 45,983 infected people have been treated and dismissed from hospital, wishing rapid recovery for 3,877 patients who are in critical conditions.
He noted that 275,427 coronavirus diagnosis tests have been carried out in the country so far.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting approximately all countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 119,700 people and infected over 1.92 million others globally.