Prison Law

UK prisoners with flu symptoms forced to share cells with those with Covid-19

Fears inmates with coughs and respiratory problems face risk of contracting coronavirus.

Prisoners who have symptoms of Covid-19 are being placed in the same cells as those who have tested positive for the virus, the Guardian has learned.

The strategy, known as cohorting, has prompted fears that inmates with conventional flu symptoms risk contracting the more serious coronavirus.

Last Thursday and Friday, 12 inmates at Wandsworth prison in south-west London tested positive for the disease and were moved to a designated isolation wing.

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