The Leader met members of the National Committee on Combating Coronavirus on Saturday.
The following are excerpts of the statements His Eminence made at this meeting, according to Khamenei.ir:
"The goal of this meeting, arranged at the President’s invitation, is to address the regretful situation of COVID-19 in the country and the need for increased efforts and new initiatives to combat this virus. Of course, a fall resurgence in COVID-19 is happening all over the world.
"In some countries like the US, they have had terrible management in facing COVID-19 But we should try to overcome this pandemic, which is affecting people’s lives, health, security, and economy, with the best form of management.
"We stress the need for unity and internal harmony within the country. Certain recent measures to denigrate the administration and President Hassan Rouhani were wrongful; I declare this firmly. Criticism is different from denigrating, and denigrating is religiously forbidden.
"It’s alright to criticize but this is different from insulting and denigrating. Denigrating is the US’s way in debates, etc. They have disgraced themselves in the world to the extent that a prominent American political figure said the world is watching the US in horror and scorn.
"My recommendations for combating this new phase of COVID-19:
"The health professionals’ performance in combating COVID-19 has been extremely brilliant and is Jihad on the path of God. I also sincerely and wholeheartedly appreciate the researchers’ efforts to develop new medicines and a vaccine for fighting COVID-19.
"Some people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 do not receive unemployment insurance. The Social Welfare Organization is responsible to take action to resolve this problem."