Coronavirus outbreaks in India’s overcrowded prisons

Published on June 10, 2020 by

India is seeing a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, with officials reporting around 10 thousand new infections today. The total number of cases stands at more than 276 thousand.
Curbing the spread is a major problem in India’s overcrowded prisons, especially in the capital, Delhi, where jails are packed far beyond capacity. Over 100 people, including prisoners and staff members tested positive for Covid -19 in a Mumbai prison. Now, multiple positive cases have been detected in a Delhi prison as well. This is especially concerning as maintaining social distancing in India’s overcrowded prisons is next to impossible. DW’s Manira Choudhary met a former inmate who says conditions for prisoners could prove deadly.

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