Kenyan authorities have freed over 7,000 prison inmates after two of them tested positive for the highly contagious novel coronavirus. The two positives were inmates of the country’s Industrial Area Remand Prison
42 prisoners who were being held at the facility were isolated after coming into contact with the patients, accruing to the country’s official Fred Matiang’i who said the move to release the inmates was meant to decongest prisons to curb the spread of COVID-19.
On Saturday, May 9, Health CAS Rashid Aman said mass testing in prisons was set to be done after the cases were confirmed.
“I’m certain that our emergency operation centre and rapid response team must have been alerted and is aware of the two cases at Industrial Area Remand Prison. The correctional facilities are one of those high risk areas we have identified because of their nature and closeness.
“Part of our testing is to get into these facilities, work with the prison department in order to be able to determine whether there is transmission of the pandemic within these facilities and then put in all those necessary measures that we require to protect the inmates,” Aman said.