The Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council on Thursday announced that more than 20,000 detainees had been released so far as part of measures to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The council’s statement said that this decision came “in line with the decisions of the [Iraqi] Crisis Cell regarding reducing the risks of the spread of the coronavirus.”

The statement said that the number of defendantsdetainees released as of April 22 had risen to 20,040.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Iraq, the authorities have taken several measures to curb the virus, including a complete lockdown, suspension of flights, closure

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