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Short Update: New infections in UK prisons during coronavirus

FairTrialsAdmin - April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions

67% of older prisoners (i.e. inmates over 50 years of age) are reportedly sharing cells, despite the pandemic, meaning about 4,000 are not in single-cell accommodation. At least 13 prisoners have died in the UK after testing positive for the virus and a total of 287 prisoners in 65 prisons have tested positive as at 5pm on Monday 20 April 2020, according to Ministry of Justice figures. Approximately 217 prison staff in 54 jails have contracted the virus, with at least 700 staff having been tested. 17 pregnant inmates and mothers with babies out of 70 have been temporarily released. The Howard League and Prison Reform Trust have launched legal action against the Justice Secretary. 

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