The mayors of Tehran and Rome, Pirouz Hanachi and Virginia Raggi, have exchanged their respective municipalities’ experiences and practical ideas in their fight against the new coronavirus outbreak.
We all share the same cause… we are all in the same boat, Rome mayor tells Hanachi
Via a Tuesday Skype call in the presence of the Italian Ambassador to Tehran, Giuseppe Perrone, the two conceded that the pandemic has come to trouble the entire international community alike, with Hanachi saying, “We are all going through tough days. The coronavirus crisis showed that the world is not limited to geographical boundaries.”
In a concurring opinion, Raggi said, “I am glad that we all share the same cause [of battling the virus]…we are all in the same boat.”
Hanachi expressed delight that the outbreak had come under control in the north-central Iranian city of Qom, where it first emerged, as well as the northern province of Gilan and Mazandaran, two other hotspots. “Some megalopolises are, however, yet to face the peak of the outbreak,” he noted.
Raggi described how Italy came to face the virus in its northern part, with the city of Brescia reporting its first case, where the army had to be called in to collect the bodies of the victims. The country then began shutting down its beaches, parks and other places hosting large concentrations of people and preventing the public from going outside other than for providing for their daily needs, Raggi said, adding that Italy has likewise enhanced its online services, and even provided personal computers to households.
The Italian capital is also indulging in disinfecting routines, encouraging limited use of public transportation services, and providing psychological counseling for people to better cope with the lockdown, the Italian mayor said.
The new coronavirus initially emerged in China late last year and is now spreading across the globe. Worldwide, there have been more than 1,000,000 confirmed cases of the virus and about 45,000 deaths.
The outbreak has taken over 3,000 lives in Iran. Italy was the first country to overtake China concerning the number of human losses, although, it currently stands second after the United States, with over 13,000 fatalities.