Coronavirus: 200 cases in crowded Beirut prison

Authorities claim situation is under control

18 September, 17:01

    BEIRUT - Over 200 more cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in the crowded Roumieh prison near Beirut.
    The hygienic conditions of the prison are considered sub-standard and unable to ensure the safety of the over 4,000 detainees and prison guards.
    The head of the Lebanese Doctors Association Sharaf Abu Sharaf said that over 200 in the prison had tested positive but did not specify how many were prisoners and how many were guards.
    In recent days an uprising that lasted a few hours broke out in the infamous B Wing of the Roumieh prison after the news of dozens of cases of COVID-19 spread.
    The authorities say that the situation is under control and that those infected have been transferred to a building equipped for quarantine.
    Detainees have posted amateur videos and appeals on social networks, claiming they have been "abandoned" and that they risk "dying in jail" from the virus.
    "Here there is no social distancing nor protection,'' lament people in the prison, which hosts three times the number of detainees as it was built for.
    Abu Sharaf said that the penitentiary administration had taken "all the precautions necessary" but that the "problems is the lack of cooperation on the part of the detainees with the healthcare services and the lack of respect for special public health regulations". 

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