Coronavirus: Iran Releases 70,000 Prisoners As Toll Rises

Iran and Italy report more coronavirus cases, new countries confirm infections amid signs outbreak in China is slowing.

by Kate Mayberry & Virginia Pietromarchi & Usaid Siddiqui
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Iran temporarily released about 70,000 prisoners because of the coronavirus contagion, as the death toll rose by 43 new fatalities to 237.

In Italy, where some 16 million people in Lombardy and other parts of the north are now under quarantine, there were 133 deaths reported, bringing the total to 366. More than 7,000 people in the country have been confirmed to have the virus.

But the latest figures from China and South Korea suggest the virus might be slowing in Northeast Asia.

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More than 3,800 people have died worldwide from coronavirus and there are more than 110,000 infections, according to the World Health Organization.

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