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Ukraine’s ombudsman reports 15 COVID-19 cases in Ukrainian prisons

Source : 112 Ukraine

As of now, three cases of COVID-19 infection among prisoners (and 12 cases among staff members) have been officially registered
14:13, 8 May 2020

To date, 15 cases have been officially registered
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Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova said that 15 people that were within the Ukrainian penitentiary system had been infected with the coronavirus. She presented this information on her Facebook page following a meeting with representatives of the International Red Cross delegation to Ukraine Florence Gillette and Alessio Bertelli.

"To date, three cases of COVID-19 infection among prisoners (and 12 cases among staff members) have been officially registered," Denisova said.

Her representatives have made more than 65 monitoring visits to Ukrainian prisons to verify compliance with anti-epidemic measures which were set on prevention of COVID-19 spread.

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Denisova stated that places of imprisonment, especially pre-trial detention centers, were not ready to fight an outbreak of coronavirus infection.

As we reported earlier, the number of COVID-19 patients in Ukraine has reached 14,195.

The top five in terms of the overall number of cases are Chernivtsi, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk regions (western Ukraine), Kyiv region and Kyiv itself.

Related: Council of Europe calls to protect prison population from coronavirus infection

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