President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen is to be released from prison on Thursday to home confinement due to Covid-19 concerns.
Cohen, 53, is serving a three-year sentence for lying to Congress and campaign finance fraud.
His early release was first reported in April, but it was delayed.
New York is the epicentre of the US pandemic and the minimum-security prison where Cohen is detained has had a number of confirmed cases.
According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, 2,265 inmates and 188 staff have tested positive for Covid-19 nationwide. There have been 58 inmate deaths due to the virus.
Earlier this month, another former Trump aide, ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was released from prison to serve the remainder of his custodial term at home due to Covid-19 fears.
Manafort, who was convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges, had served a little over a year of his seven-and-a-half year sentence.
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SOURCE: BBC News