Iran has temporarily released 54,000 low-risk prisoners to avoid the spread of coronavirus after the country’s death toll exceeded Italy’s with 92 dead on Wednesday.
Of the 54,000 prisoners to be released, Nazanin who is in prison in Iran over false spying charges may also be freed, thesun Uk reports.
Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, told reporters that the 54,000 inmates, roughly 22.5 per cent of its estimated total prison population, were granted furlough (temporary leave) after testing negative and posting bail.
“Security prisoners” sentenced to more than five years will not be let out.
The Iranian government also announced total infections rose to 2,922 and also confirmed that the country’s First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri was the latest high-profile figure to contract the disease.
The ministry is also activating a nationwide team of 300,000 health workers and specialists, Deputy Health Minister Ali Reza Reisy told Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency.