March 24, 2020 / 7:43 AM / 17 days ago

About half of Iran's state workers are staying home - president

DUBAI, March 24 (Reuters) - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday about half of all government employees were staying at home as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, state TV reported.

Iran is one of the hardest hit countries outside China, with more than 23,000 confirmed infections and more than 1,800 dead, according to the latest figures issued on Monday.

Another measure to contain the outbreak, the temporary release of prisoners, will be extended until the end of the current Iranian month of Farvardin, about April 18, he said. (Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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