R&B singer R. Kelly, awaiting sex abuse trials in New York and Chicago, has had a second emergency plea for his release denied.
He is currently housed in Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, where coronavirus has been reported in staff and inmates.
But on Tuesday a US District Judge said he must stay behind bars over fears he could flee bail or intimidate witnesses if released.
Several high-profile US inmates, including disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, have cited coronavirus in appeals for early release in recent weeks.
Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen and rapper Tekashi 69 are among those who have been allowed to finish their sentences at home.