Kenya released nearly 4,000 inmates on Thursday as part of efforts to avert a COVID-19 outbreak in the country’s prisons.

Wycliffe Ogalo, Kenya’s commissioner general of prisons, said in a statement the move was aimed at protecting the prison population in the country.

“With a view of protecting the prison population against the coronavirus, the Kenya Prisons Service has released 3,837 prisoners and remandees in concurrence with the National Council on the Administration of Justice,” read the statement.

It said the measures were taken in line with the understanding that “close and unprotected interaction/contact between individuals” was the

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