Iran Frees 70,000 Prisoners to Contain Coronavirus Spread


With 1,945 cases, the capital Tehran remains the province with the most cases.

As coronavirus continues spreading around the world and crippling global markets, Iran is the worst-hit county after China, with over 2,000 deaths and more than 7,100 people infected as of Sunday.

The death toll from alcohol poisoning in the province of Khuzestan reached 36 Tuesday - double those killed from the coronavirus itself in that region, the report says. There are over 7,640 confirmed cases of the virus across the wider Mideast.

In a press briefing on Monday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom said that since the virus has a foothold "in so many countries, the threat of pandemic has become very real".

The ban covers Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand. The statement added the embassy was in contact with Qatar's foreign office and will apprise Pakistani nationals about any development. It also said that the situation regarding the Qatar Airways and PIA flights will be clarified today.

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Many media sources have reported an uptick in searches for "corona beer virus" on Google spiking at the end of January. Replies to the tweet say the ad is in "poor taste" and that the brand should "lay low for a few weeks".

With the outbreak of Covid-19 in Iran, rumors and unscientific treatments on how to fight the virus have spread on social media. On Sunday, an emergency was imposed in NY after the number of coronavirus cases in United States rose to 22.

Iranian prisoners have been infected with coronavirus, the United Nations said on Monday.

An official of the Justice Department of Khuzestan on Monday told the Islamic Republic News Agency that five people have been arrested for preparing and selling the poisonous drinks.

Harirchi also confirmed that 959 people were treated for poisoning, with 305 more hospitalised with kidney damage and 27 suffering eye damage.