Iran is ready to temporarily release 54,000 people from prisons as a result of the spread of the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

According to CNN Iran has reported 77 deaths, which is one of the highest confirmed death tolls outside of China. More of the positive cases reported is 2,336.

On the response and strategy currently implored, health minister Ali Reza Reisy disclosed to Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency that, 300,000 health workers and team of specialists have been activated by the ministry nationwide.

After Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain reported coronavirus cases with links to the Iranian city of Qom, where several holy sites are regularly visited by large crowds, the country has come under pressure to take more action against the virus.

Already, there have been restrictriction to visit sites for some weeks now; the government on Wednesday said that those trying to leave Qom would be quarantined if they show symptoms of the virus, including a fever.

Other measures can be seen from the angle of temperature and the building of hospitals as Qom University of Medical Science’s Deputy Dean Ali Abrazi told state-run media that medical teams would be taking temperatures of those trying to leave the city.

Speaking further, he said the university was building a field hospital to tackle the outbreak.

People in Iran are among those in many countries panic-buying goods in case the outbreak worsens.

In another development, the country is going through a shortage of hand sanitizers, as demand for the products soar in the sanctions-hit nation.

While the search for a solution continues, a board member of Iran’s National Medical Equipment Producers’ Association Mahdi Shah-Moradi, said the country has increased its production capacity of alcohol.

It has also been discovered that it is a major ingredient in sanitizer, since the outbreak, but the logistics had made getting more products to people difficult.

On updates abot its spread, the coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has now spread to all continents, except for Antarctica, killing more than 3,000 people and infecting more than 90,000.