On the occasion of the National Week of Natural Resources, Ayatollah Khamenei planted two tree saplings on Tuesday morning, according to Khamenei.ir. The Leader then made statements that follow:
"A few days ago, I thanked the medical staff for their dedication and sacrifices in caring for patients and in combating the coronavirus. I feel it is my duty to once again thank these dear ones who are doing Jihad for the sake of God with their invaluable efforts.
"I feel obliged to express my gratitude to the families of the health care workers who patiently support their loved ones' round the clock efforts. I ask God to bring health to the sick, to grant His mercy on the deceased, and to bestow patience and tranquility on their survivors.
"The health care guidelines for preventing infection from this virus should be observed. God has obliged us to feel responsible for our own health and that of others. Anything that helps prevent the spread of coronavirus is a good deed and anything that helps spread it is a sin.
"The coronavirus is not such a big tragedy and this country has surmounted graver ones. However, beseeching God, seeking intercession from the Prophet and his Household, and the prayers of the pure youth and pious are very effective in repelling major tragedies.
"All sectors of the country must fully cooperate with the Ministry of Health, which is at the forefront of the fight against Coronavirus. The Armed Forces and the sectors related to the Office of the Leader have also been ordered to do the same.
"Coronavirus has affected many countries. Our officials have reported with sincerity and transparency since day one. However, some countries where the outbreak has been more serious have tried to hide it. Of course, we ask God to heal the sick in those countries too."