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Short Update: Five inmates test positive for COVID-19 in a prison in Argentina

FairTrialsAdmin - July 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions, Access to a lawyer

On July 11, a local news site from Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, informed that five inmates tested positive for COVID-19 causing the isolation of such detainees and an additional 64 individuals in the penitentiary complex Unit 4 of Villa Floresta (Unit 4). Unit 4 had previously reported five staff members tested positive for COVID-19. 

As a result of the new contagions, five new suspicious cases are now under close examination to determine whether they can result in new infections. While the individuals testing positive for COVID-19 are currently under treatment, the Unit 4's education centre has been provisionally transformed into a trauma room and 14 inmates have been trained to assist other individuals testing positive for the virus. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, it was agreed that visitation and activities involving third parties visiting Unit 4 from the outside, such as teachers, lawyers, clergy or members of the judiciary, among others, have been suspended. 

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