Govt promises to extend help to them to lead respectable lives; sewing machines and ration distributed to them.
The condition for the release of women prisoners include execution of a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by the prisoners.
The State Cabinet on Thursday approved the release of women prisoners based on the recommendations of a high-level committee headed by the Home Secretary.
An undertrial prisoner had died in Banda district jail due to Covid-19 on Monday.
According to the president's office, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the release of 444 prisoners, including 18 female inmates.
Several Afghan leaders told that talks are expected to be held in Qatar by August 20 where the Taliban maintain a political office.
All the positive prisoners are asymptomatic and placed under isolation monitored by jail administration and health officials.
The government releases prisoners every year by taking into account their good conduct and on other parameters on August 15, an official said.
The prison staff had already wrote to their senior-most officers about the security vulnerabilities as two other prisoners had also escaped last month.
It has contended that in present scenario, recreational facilities like television are necessary for such inmates to survive.
In order to decongest jails in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, 16,789 prisoners including 150 convicts have been released by court orders between March 20 and July 28 in the State.
The court emphasized that convicts are languishing in jail and do not have any source of livelihood and their families are already suffering
As many as 35 inmates were under observation at the facility and four prison staffers were providing them security.
Varkala Station House Officer said there was a lapse from the part of prison officials as all four were asleep when the escape happened.
The Indian government has called for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen.