Iran announced Tuesday that it will temporarily release more than 54,000 prisoners in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA citing Iran’s Judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Esmaili.

The spokesperson said that the release of prisoners is under the supervision of Iran’s Health Ministry, ISNNA said in its report. 

“The health of the prisoners is very important for us regardless of their status as security prisoners or regular prisoners.” Esmaili said as quoted on ISNA.

Some context: There are now 77 people dead in Iran from novel coronavirus, and 2,336 positive cases of infection, Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said on state TV Tuesday.

Source: CNN.News

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