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Iran frees 54,000 prisoners to halt Wuhan coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
Iran has temporarily freed more than 54,000 prisoners to help combat the spread of the coronavirus in packed jails.

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Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said the inmates were granted furlough after testing negative for the virus and posting bail., reports the BBC.

But 'security prisoners' sentenced to more than five years will not be let out.

Iran's supreme leader has also ordered the military to assist health officials in fighting the virus, which authorities said has killed 77 people.

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