TEHRAN, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday outlined the health ministry's urgent needs amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
"Iranian care personnel are courageously battling COVID-19 on the frontlines," Zarif said on his Twitter account.
However, "their efforts are stymied by vast shortages caused by restrictions on our people's access to medicine or equipment," he stressed.
The Iranian foreign minister also listed "most urgent needs" of the health ministry on his Twitter account.
Iran is one the few countries hit severely by the novel coronavirus. Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education on Thursday announced the infection of 10,075 people across the country, of whom 429 have died.