JOHANNESBURG - As Zimbabwe celebrates 41 years of independence on Sunday, the country has pardoned and started releasing over 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty.
The release is to decongest the overcrowded prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Zimbabwe's prison population stands at over 20,000 but has a holding capacity of only 17,000.
Prisons in the capital Harare have reported 173 COVID-19 infections and one death.
Zimbabwe has over 37,000 cases and just over 1,500 deaths.
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