Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:43
Judiciary Furloughs 70,000 Prisoners in Iran to Lower COVID-19 Outbreak Risk in Jails
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Rayeesi announced that his country has authorized temporary leaves for around 70,000 prisoners, to prevent the outbreak of the new coronavirus in correctional facilities across the country.

“Prisoners will continue to be furloughed as long as [this measure] does not interfere with the society’s security,” Rayeesi told judicial authorities on Monday. “The priority lies with those who have underlying health conditions,” he added.

The chief justice said Iran’s judicial apparatus has also prioritized processing the cases of individuals charged with hoarding hygiene products and other medical requirements amid the country’s efforts to curb the outbreak.

“The hoarders will be tried earlier than they are due in open courts, and the hoarded items will soon be distributed throughout the nation,” he said.

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has killed more than 3,800 people and infected over 108,000 others in at least 95 countries.

Iran has been the worst-hit country in the Middle East, with a total of 237 deaths and 7,161 infection cases.

Presenting the latest figures on the epidemic on Monday, head of the Health Ministry's Public Relations and Information Center Kianoush Jahanpour said 595 new infections had been diagnosed since Sunday.

Medical authorities, however, are upbeat about the country’s ability to subdue the outbreak, citing the rate at which patients have been recovering from the disease. Jahanpour said at least 2,394 people have been released from hospitals after regaining their health.

Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) described Iran’s capability and performance in controlling the virus as exemplary.

Iranian knowledge-based companies have boosted efforts to help the nation’s struggle against the novel coronavirus infection by innovations and production of disinfectants.

Researchers at a knowledge-based company produced active oxygen to decrease the organic gases in hospitals, improve the air quality and disinfect the sheets and pillows.

Another knowledge-based firm manufactured a drone with a flight range of 2km to 5km which sprays sterilizing solutions and can disinfect every hectare in 10 minutes.

Other knowledge-based companies have also increased their production of disinfecting liquids, masks and kits to diagnose coronavirus infection to compensate for their shortage in the hospitals and pharmacies.

Meantime, other companies, including Iran's largest carmaker, Iran-Khodro Company, have focused their efforts on supplying well-equipped ambulances to the health ministry.

“Today, 50 out of 63 ambulances which were due to be delivered to the health ministry have been prepared and the remaining 13 will be delivered soon,” Iran Khodro’s CEO Farshad Moqimi said on Monday.

The Iranian Armed Forces have also since the very first days of coronavirus outbreak tried to help the government in preventing an outbreak and treat the patients.

“The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Navy has mounted a field hospital with 80 beds in the backyard of Razi hospital (in Rasht city in Northern Iran) in cooperation with Gilan province’s University of Medical Sciences,” Commander of the IRGC Base in Gilan province Brigadier General Mohammad Abdollahpour told FNA on Monday.

He added that the number of beds can be increased to 127.

Meantime, an Iranian Industrial official in the Western province of Kurdistan said on Monday that a contract has been signed between the health ministry and a company to produce 5mln N95 face masks.

He added that 25 tons of alcohol have been supplied to the province’s companies to produce 35-40 tons of disinfecting materials which will suffice for the public consumption of 10-12 days.

Also, the Iranian health ministry launched an online self-assessment system for all Iranians to ensure of their health conditions and receive the necessary instructions in case of suspected infection.





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