Some 7,161 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Iran and 237 deaths have to date resulted from the virus, Iran’s Health Ministry said on Monday.

According to Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kainush Jahanpur, the figures include 595 infections and 43 deaths in the past 24 hours, reported Reuters.

Iran has one of the highest death rates from the virus outside of China, with many experts believing that the true figures are likely higher than the official ones.

Iran released around 70,000 prisoners due to the outbreak, Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.

IranAir has also stopped all flights to Europe until further notice due to restrictions placed on the airline for “unclear reasons,” Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

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