More than 500 inmates—almost half the inhabitants—of a prison within the US state of Arizona have examined positive for the novel coronavirus, officers mentioned, whereas at a California prison the virus demise toll hit 22.
The Arizona Department of Corrections mentioned Tuesday that 517 inmates at the ASPC-Tucson Whetstone prison “have tested positive for COVID-19.”
Those inmates “are currently being housed as a cohort together in separate areas and are receiving appropriate medical care. They will not be allowed back into the general population until they have been medically cleared,” its assertion learn.
The coronavirus has severely stricken US jails and penitentiaries, dwelling to the world’s largest prison inhabitants, which includes 2.three million inmates.
Officials are unable to power enough distancing in crowded cells and face shortages of medical personnel and private protecting gear.
Arizona, inhabitants 7.three million, has reported greater than 180,000 coronavirus circumstances, of which 1,429 are in prisons. Seven of its COVID-19 fatalities got here in state prisons.
California nonetheless has reported 51 deaths amongst prisoners, together with 22 within the infamous San Quentin prison simply north of San Francisco.
The most up-to-date sufferer “died August 4th at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19,” the California Department of Corrections mentioned.
One day earlier prison authorities reported the demise of a San Quentin prisoner on demise row after contracting COVID-19, whereas 5 different inmates died between July 24 and 26.
California, inhabitants 40 million, has reported greater than 524,000 coronavirus circumstances and 9,700 deaths.
In an try to forestall the unfold of the virus within the shut confines of prisons, since March 11 authorities within the state have launched 15,683 inmates who had been behind bars for minor crimes or had been nearing the tip of their sentences.
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