- More than 90,000 cases of Covid-19 have been detected worldwide, and more than 3,000 have died.
- Nearly 10% of Iran's 290 members of parliament are infected.
- Argentina confirmed its first case on Tuesday.
Iran temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners Tuesday in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country’s crowded prisons. All the released prisoners were tested for the disease. The inmates were allowed out only after testing negative for coronavirus and posting bail. Prisoners who are kept under special security regimes or serve sentences longer than five years did not receive the benefit of temporary release, according to the Iranian judiciary.
So far, more than 90,000 cases of Covid-19 have been detected worldwide, in addition to the 3,110 deaths as a result of the disease since the epidemic began late last year. In Iran, the outbreak has killed at least 77 people in the past two weeks. Among the infected citizens are nearly 10% of the country’s 290 members of Parliament.
In Tehran, fear emptied the streets. Schools were closed across the country, among other measures taken by authorities to stem the spread of the virus. Several days ago, the monstrous traffic jams that normally define Tehran’s everyday life disappeared. The cloud of pollution that usually covers the city of more than 8 million inhabitants has also declined sharply as traffic has declined. The economic slowdown is also palpable on the streets.
Elsewhere, the Argentine Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday the first case of the disease caused by the new coronavirus in that country. In total, there are 15 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in five countries in Latin America. The patient is a 40-year-old man who returned last week from a trip to Italy.
In addition to visiting Milan, in the north of the country and where the Outbreak of the disease is concentrated in Europe, the Argentine visited Barcelona, Spain. He arrived in Argentina on Sunday, and shortly thereafter began to experience respiratory complications.
According to the Ministry, the government will place all passengers who traveled in seats next to the patient on the flight back to Argentina in quarantine. The other countries affected by the new coronavirus in Latin America are Ecuador, with 7 cases, Mexico, with 5, Brazil, with 2, and the Dominican Republic, with 1 patient.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the spread of the virus has slowed in China, while its number begins to increase in other countries. The Chinese government registered 80,134 cases of the disease on Monday, but worldwide, 1,598 new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the same period, according to the WHO daily bulletin.
Some 71 countries outside China have been affected by the coronavirus. In total, 3,249 people died, and another 95,064 were infected. The most severe outbreaks afflict South Korea, with 4,212 cases, Italy, with 1,689, and Iran, with 978. There are two people infected by the virus in Brazil, while the Ministry of Health monitors 433 other suspected cases of the disease.