The mayor of Tehran has sent a message to the mayors of all metropolises around the planet, calling for closer cooperation to flatten the curve of the exponential spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pirouz Hanachi started his letter with appreciation and gratitude for all mayors and city executives around the world who are leading their cities’ efforts to better contain the outbreak of the coronavirus.
He highlighted the need for sympathy and unity in the time of such global disasters, saying, “In today's world, crises turn global rapidly. In such a world, the fate of no nation is completely separate from others. The rapid spread of coronavirus disease in various countries, the damages inflicted on citizens’ health and mental security, and the harm done to the global economy show that different states cannot remain indifferent to the crisis in a particular part of the world.”
Hanachi said Tehran is fighting with the coronavirus while under the most severe and unjust economic US-imposed sanctions. “Due to the sanctions, different countries and different companies refused to trade with Iran. As a result, the country's capability to provide the health, medical, and hospital infrastructures needed to combat the disease has diminished.”
He went on to say that despite all the problems, Tehran, with more than 8.5 million people, more than 1,500 subway cars, 5,000 buses, and 60,000 taxis is being disinfected on a daily basis.
“Tehran Municipality extends a hand toward the mayors of metropolises of the world,” Hanachi said, noting that Tehran is ready to share this global responsibility with all the cities around the planet.
Maybe the coronavirus could pave the way for a historic change in how the world works, Tehran mayor concluded.