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16 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

More than half of prisons have coronavirus cases in England and Wales

By Samuel Horti

More than half of prisons in England and Wales have confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Ministry of Justice stats released today.

A total of 232 prisoners have tested positive for coronavirus so far across 60 prisons, and 12 have died. 96 prison staff have contracted Covid-19 in 38 prisons, as have seven prisoner escort and custody services staff.

England and Wales have a total of 117 prisons, holding 83,000 prisoners. 

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