A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request from R. Kelly to be temporarily released from a Chicago jail over fears that the R&B singer risks contracting coronavirus while locked up.

U.S District Court Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York denied the 53-year-old Kelly’s motion for bail, ruling the Grammy-winning entertainer failed to establish that he is in a high-risk category to contract the virus, which has killed at least 118 people in Chicago and infected more than 5,000.

“While I am sympathetic to the defendant’s understandable anxiety about COVID-19, he has not established compelling reasons warranting his release,” Donnelly wrote in her ruling.

In an effort to blunt the spread of coronavirus in federal prisons and detention centers, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a March 26 directive to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal to reduce the number of inmates in the prison system by transferring nonviolent, at-risk inmates to home confinement based on a thorough case-by-case analysis.

As of Thursday afternoon, 241 federal inmates and 72 BOP staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 nationwide, according to the Bureau of Prisons. There have been eight federal inmate deaths and no BOP staff members have succombed to the COVID-19 disease, according to the BOP.

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