March 5, 2021

Iran releases some 70,000 prisoners for the coronavirus, which already causes 237 dead



The Iranian authorities have so far given prison permission to some 70,000 prisoners to prevent the spread in the prisons of the coronavirus, of which 7,161 people have already been infected in the country, 237 of whom have died.

The Ministry of Health reported on Monday that 595 new infections have been confirmed, of which 43 have died, these figures being somewhat lower than yesterday, while 2,394 people have overcome the disease.

The majority of the total number of patients has been registered in the province of Tehran, with 1,945 cases; followed by Qom, the origin of the epidemic in Iran, with 742; Mazandarán (633); and Isfahan (601).

One of the measures taken to contain the epidemic has been to give penitentiary permission to some 70,000 prisoners, according to the head of the Judiciary, Ebrahim Raisí, who explained today that priority has been given to those with chronic diseases.

“The release of prisoners will continue as long as it does not create insecurity in society,” Raisí said.

The head of the Judiciary also said that the courts are handling “quickly” the cases of those accused of hoarding medical and hygiene material, such as masks and disinfectants, to profit.

These products are now being manufactured in large quantities in the country, after they were scarce during the first week of the epidemic and their prices soared.

At the local level, attempts are also being made to produce diagnostic equipment for coronaviruses, which so far have been supplied by the World Health Organization (WHO) and countries such as China.

These imported kits are “sufficient to meet domestic demand over the next two months,” Mostafa Ghanei of the Iranian scientific committee of COVID-19 said today.

Ghanei informed that the diagnostic equipment produced in the country will reach the market “within one month” and that the authorities selected five of the hundred companies that applied for this function.

Meanwhile, schools and universities remain closed, as well as gyms, sports centers and most tourist sites, and all kinds of cultural, sports and religious events have been suspended.

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