Top governor warns “British prisoners ‘will die’ from coronavirus”

Andrea Albutt, president of the Prison Governors Association, said conditions inside jails were fertile breeding ground for Covid-19 as the outbreak worsens. 

She said governors would “attempt to keep (family) visits going for as long as they can”, while weighing up the public health risk to prisoners and shortages of staff forced to self-isolate.

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Ms Albutt told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Listening to the Government’s specialists yesterday, they are saying the mortality rate is below 1% but in the vulnerable groups it is higher.

“Well, in prisons we don’t completely mirror society with our demographic of prisoners so we do have a higher number of people in the vulnerable groups, so they will be ill and there will be deaths.

“We have approximately 85,000 people in our prisons and prisons are overcrowded, so when you have a lot of people in a small area, transmission of disease will obviously be easier.

“Coupled with that, we have a significant ageing population – the vulnerable groups, the people the Government keeps telling us will be more susceptible and more ill with this virus.”

Editors Note: Julian Assange should be included in the ‘vulnerable’ group after prolonged torture and medical majesty in the hands of the Her Majesty’s Prison Service and before.

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