Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

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Cells in the prison healthcare centre at the Edmonton Remand Centre in March 2013.
Ian Kucerak  Postmedia  File Cells in the prison healthcare centre at the Edmonton Remand Centre in March 2013. Ian Kucerak Postmedia File
Gustavo Carr | 25 March, 2020, 16:36

All prisoners would be checked for high body temperature before entering the prison and would be isolated if any COVID-19 symptoms were identified, the officials said.

He stated that he could have to contemplate the choice of releasing a number of prisoners early to "alleviate pressures".

In keeping with the BBC, the conservative MP Robert Buckland informed the Home of Commons that 4000 jail employees out of 34, oo0 at the moment are self-isolating with 12 confirmed circumstances.

Thousands of inmates are due to be freed in the next few months.

Mr Buckland's appearance before the committee came as all visits to prisons were cancelled, as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.

This lockdown in prisons implies that inmates are locked up of their cell for over 23 hours a day.

The moves follow representations fromPrison Officers' Association (POA) that visitors and prisoners were still mixing and inmates were exercising in groups.

Essential prison workers such as kitchen and laundry workers and cleaners who will be unlocked to attend work will have to follow the same rules.

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As of now, visits are not allowed.

Prisoners due at court will be discharged to attend unless a judge or magistrate deems it is essential for them to appear.

The visits won't restart for at the least three weeks whereas prisons set up new long-term security preparations.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said: "We have suspended all prison visits in England and Wales for today".

"That is whereas we guarantee secure and safe functioning of our prisons whereas implementing social distancing".

According to the latest Department of Health figures, there are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom - although the actual number cases is likely to be far higher.

"We're locking up people for what would seem to be regulatory matters, such as driving or breach of justice orders ... we need to think about whether that warrants what could be a death sentence".

In the United Kingdom, 8,077 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus.