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Coronavirus kills 2 more in Kenya as cases rise to 110, prisoners released

Two people who were under quarantine in Kenya have passed on, the Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Thursday.

Mutahi said the two patients were in Nairobi and Mombasa, and 29 new coronavirus cases had been registered today, rising the national tally to 110 cases.

Mutahi also announced that henceforth, all people using public transport must wear face masks when travelling. The use of face masks to control the spread of coronavirus is still a big debate among scientists worldwide with some crediting the face mask for the low reported COVID-19 cases in Asia particularly South Korea and China where masks are won on a daily basis.

The critics, however, say some countries like China and Japan are under-reporting infection numbers and there hasn't been enough research carried out to back up the claims. 

PRISONERS RELEASED

In a related development, Kenya's commissioner-general of Prisons, Wycliffe Ogalo announced the release of 3,837 prisoners and remandees in a bid to protect the prison population against coronavirus.

Ogalo said all the released are petty offenders (898 had completed their jail term, 2267 had their sentences reviewed, 627 had their bail/bond reviewed.

Global statistics indicate that 980,519 confirmed coronavirus cases with 50,239 deaths. Italy once again reported the day's highest deaths with at least 760 people dead. Spain registers 616.

Death numbers are also raking up in the United Kingdom with 569 deaths recorded today. 232 have died in USA. Tunisia recorded two deaths, Cameroon 1 death, Mauritius 1 death, DRC 2 and Zambia 1. 

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