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Short Update: Fear mounts over the safety of prisoners in Egypt’s notorious Tora prison

FT Admin - June 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

Suspected COVID-19 cases have been detected in two out of four blocks of Egypt’s notorious Tora Prison. Parts of the complex have been cordoned off to quarantine those diagnosed with the virus, according to human rights groups. 

The news comes after other human rights groups warned that several prisoners have experienced COVID-19 type symptoms including high temperatures, muscle ache, fatigue, sore throat, cough and loss of sense of smell. 

Prison authorities are not taking appropriate measures to protect or test detainees. Experts have warned since the beginning of the pandemic that the overcrowded prison cells and poor levels of hygiene would be a breeding ground for the rapid spread of the virus. 

Since a ban on visits was imposed, communication between prisoners and the outside world has been curtailed. However, families and activist groups have reported that sections of two blocks, including part of one of the maximum-security wings, are now being used to quarantine those with the virus. Earlier this month, a coalition of rights groups demanded the Egyptian government release details of detainees infected with COVID-19. 

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