Sudan to release prisoners over coronavirus fears

Sudanese government have ordered to release thousands of prisoners to prevent the new virus from spreading in the country’s jails.

“The first batch of prisoners from (a total of) 4,217 have been released from al-Hoda prison in the city of Omdurman,” official news agency reported. It was not specified how many prisoners were released or the nature of their crimes.

Sudan has so far recorded one death out of 3 confirmed cases. The country has declared a state of emergency and almost completely closed its borders. On Tuesday, authorities implemented a night-time curfew from 8pm to 6am local time. They have also announced the suspension of all inter-state bus services starting on Thursday. 

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