Tehran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made an “urgent” appeal for help from the international community as Iran grapples with the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Zarif took to Twitter to ask all countries for medical equipment to help Iran combat the virus that has so far claimed 429 lives there as it struggles economically and is reeling from U.S. sanctions.

Iranian care personnel are bravely struggling on the frontlines to fight the virus known as COVID-19, he said.

“Their efforts are stymied by vast shortages caused by restrictions on our people’s access to medicine/equipment,” he said. “Viruses don’t discriminate. Nor

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