Monday, May 11, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the release of 7,000 inmates to decongest prisons due to Coronavirus.

According to Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, the move is meant to decongest prisons to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Further, Matiangi said that two prisoners from the Industrial Area prison have tested positive for the deadly respiratory disease.

The two patients had come into contact with some 42 prisoners who have since been isolated.

On Saturday, Health CAS Dr Rashid Aman said that testing in prisons was set to begin following the confirmation of the two cases.

“These two cases in Industrial Area Remand Prison I’m certain that our Emergency Operation Centre and Rapid Response Team must have been alerted and are aware of it.”

“The correctional facilities are one of those high-risk areas we have identified because of their nature and closeness,” said Dr. Aman.

So far, Kenya’s cases stand at 672 with 239 recoveries and 32 fatalities.


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