As the coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage Iran, U.S. lawmakers Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to immediately relax crushing sanctions which are making it harder for people in the Persian nation to obtain vital medicines, medical equipment, and protective gear for healthcare workers.In a joint letter (pdf) spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the 32 lawmakers demand economic relief to Iran, one of the hardest hit countries in the world by the disease with over 2,750 deaths.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Pandemics know no borders,\u0022 the letter reads. \u0022Allowing this crisis to become more dire in Iran threatens significant harm not only to the people of Iran but also to people in the United States and around the world.\u0022Coronavirus has killed 2,600 in Iran, but U.S. sanctions are obstructing medicine and aid from getting in.@SecPompeo and @stevenmnuchin1: Pandemics know no borders. Let us put aside our countries\u0026#039; disputes and lift sanctions to reduce human suffering. https://t.co/fRFndKSP39— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 31, 2020Prominent progressive lawmakers joining Ocasio-Cortez in signing the letter were Reps.\u0026nbsp;Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), and Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).\u0022It is cruel to enforce sanctions that devastate economies and hurt healthcare systems, especially during a global pandemic,\u0022 Just Foreign Policy executive director\u0026nbsp;Erik Sperling said in a statement. \u0022It\u0026#039;s morally wrong and counterproductive to pursue regime change by knowingly increasing death and suffering of innocent people.\u0022Releasing the stranglehold on goods getting into the country would allow Iran to get a better handle on the crisis, the lawmakers write in the letter, and open the door for economic and healthcare recovery.\u0022Sanctions relief that should be considered are those that encompass major sectors of the Iranian economy, including those impacting civilian industries, Iran’s banking sector and exports of oil, and should last for at least as long as health experts believe the crisis will continue,\u0022 the letter reads.\u0026nbsp;The letter was welcomed by peace groups like\u0026nbsp;Win Without War, whose advocacy director Erica Fein said in a statement Tuesday that \u0022the\u0026nbsp;global coronavirus crisis should be a wake-up call.\u0022\u0022Human security is tied across borders,\u0022 Fein continued. \u0022We can\u0026#039;t bomb, sanction, or otherwise strong-arm our way to safety. In the face of shared global problems, from the climate crisis to pandemics, we must rethink our approach to human security, and build a foreign policy that puts international solidarity and collaboration first.\u0022National Iranian-American Council policy director Ryan Costello echoed the call for a more forward thinking policy, warning that the consequences of allowing the disease to get worse could be dire.\u0026nbsp;\u0022The Iranian people will remember which nations came to their assistance in their hour of need, and which chose to maintain senseless sanctions to their detriment,\u0022 said Costello.Omar, in a tweet, said she believed that the sanctions relief should be expanded to every nation under economic attack by the U.S. government for the duration of the pandemic.\u0022We need to cancel all economic sanctions during this crisis,\u0022 said Omar.