Tehran Municipality has held an open-air art gala with the iconic Azadi Tower as its centerpiece, projecting a collection of digital art pieces with the message of solidarity with the people of the world who are now fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi said that the purpose of the Tuesday night video screening event was to covey Iranians' sympathy and unity with other people in the globe
Many other urban landmark monuments, such as Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York, have changed their normal lightings to appreciate the efforts by essential workers or boost morale among the people.
The mayor also told reporters that Iran is fighting the pandemic in addition to the pressures exerted on the country’s healthcare infrastructure due to the United States’ inhumane sanctions.
“The sanctions were probably one of the reasons that delayed our identification of the virus in Iran,” he noted, adding that at the time when the coronavirus emerged, the country was suffering from a shortage of diagnostic kits and laboratories. However, it has now enhanced the number of such laboratories to as many as 50, the mayor said.
Hanachi also expressed gratitude to all medical and service staff who are doing a great and honest job to contain the outbreak.