Up to 15 March, there have now been 15,472 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in prisons, and 130 COVID-related deaths (105 confirmed or suspected to be due to COVID).
When the coronavirus crisis hit last year, many of us were deeply worried about the prospect of its spread through the prison system, and the severe illness and death that would follow in its wake.
Take a look at the video of yesterday's webinar, 'COVID-19 in prisons: strategies for preventing infection and death'.
Firstly, it needs to be said that the whole population of the UK has suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic and this article in no manner holds the opinion that those in prison should be treated as a special cohort.
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