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Britain releases 40 of 4,000 prisoners identified for early COVID release

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State of Justice Robert Buckland is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has released 40 of a possible 4,000 prisoners that were identified for early release, after the government got a better control on the spread of the coronavirus in prisons, Justice Minister Robert Buckland said on Thursday.

“The picture is a much better one than presented itself to me even a month ago,” he told Sky News on Thursday.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Sarah Young

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