R Kelly asks to be released from prison in light of coronavirus

American singer R Kelly has applied to be released from federal prison in Chicago over concerns of the coronavirus pandemic that is accelerating worldwide.

According to a report, the 53-year-old man was described as being on the list of people most at risk for infectious disease, said bail motion filed by Kelly lawyers at the United States District Court in Chicago on Thursday.

It was further stated that disinfectants and soaps are limited in the Metropolitan Correctional Center with several convicts confined in two-person cells, making social distancing a challenge.

The guest bathroom on the entrance floor of the MCC they often do not have soap or paper towels available, making it difficult for people entering the facility to properly clean their hands before visiting, the document said.

However, lawyers of the singer who is locked up without bail following his arrest on multiple sex crime charges, argued that: "The courts have long recognised that there is no greater necessity than keeping a defendant alive, no matter the charge."

While a ruling has not yet been issued on the recent Chicago motion, New York-based prosecutors have urged Kelly to remain in jail.