MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – Nearly 10,000 prisoners have been released in the Philippines as the country curbs the infection of Kovir virus 19 in its overcrowded prisons, a Philippine Supreme Court official said Saturday.

According to the Bangkok Post published on May 2, 2020, Supreme Court Justice Mario Victor Leonen told reporters that the measure follows instructions to the Supreme Court. Low to release people who are awaiting trial in prison because they can't have bail.

"The court is fully aware of the situation in our prisons," Leonen told reporters. He told reporters when he announced the release of 9,731 prisoners.

The outbreak of the disease has been reported in overcrowded prisons in the Philippines, affecting both inmates and correctional staff. Social disparities are not possible in the country's prison system.

Update: October