News & Analysis: Prisons

COVID-19: 30 more infections in Muhanga Prison (Rwanda)

“Prisons are the country’s main COVID-19 hotspot, after infections have been already reported from Nsinda, Nyarugenge and Muhanga prisons among others.”

via The New Times

Kenya: Alarm as COVID-19 patients throng intensive care units

“Twenty-two COVID-19 patients were last evening fighting for their lives under intensive care at various hospitals across the country, with 62 on supplementary oxygen and 16 in high dependency units. The Health ministry said 1,167 other patients were admitted to various hospitals and 3,464 were on home-based care.”

via Daily Nation

Kenya: Industrial Area Prison locked following surge in COVID-19 infections

“The Industrial Area Prison will not receive new lawbreakers in a bid to curtail the further spread of the deadly pandemic. The move is meant to curtail the movement of persons in and out of the prison which will break to the cycle of transmission”

via Tuko

Ethiopian worker migrants are stranded in worsening conditions in Saudi Arabia

“A new investigation from Amnesty International reports on the worsening, life-threatening treatment of Ethiopian migrants stranded in Saudi Arabia including prisoners who are chained in pairs, confined at all hours in a crowded detention center, forced to use an open floor as toilets, little medical care, beatings and several deaths.”

via Quartz Africa

About 16,000 migrants being held in just one Saudi centre, Ethiopian official reveals

“Dozens of Saudi prisons are housing Ethiopians and that about 16,000 Ethiopian migrants are being held at just one detention centre at Al Shumasi, near the holy city of Mecca. Using smuggled phones detainees detailed horrific accounts of disease, beatings, and suicide.”

via The Telegraph

Windhoek inmates fear for their safety

“Inmates at Windhoek Correctional Facility fear contracting COVID-19 after four of them, who spent time in a cell with other inmates, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.”

via The Namibian

African migrants ‘left to die’ in Saudi Arabia’s hellish COVID-19 detention centres

“Saudi Arabia, one of the wealthiest countries on earth, is keeping hundreds if not thousands of African migrants locked in heinous conditions reminiscent of Libya’s slave camps as part of a drive to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

via The Telegraph

COVID-19 state of emergency inquiry board recommends releasing prisoners who qualify for pardon, probation to reduce virus spread (Ethiopia)

“The recommendation comes amidst growing fears of the spread COVID-19 in congested holding centers, many of which are schools, town halls and warehouses converted into detention facilities. According to the statement the Inquiry Board sent to ENA, members of the board discussed the potential threats to the state at the end of the state of emergency and recommended releasing detainees.”

via Addis Standard

Deadly virus spreading in Egypt prisons

“At least 14 prisoners have died from likely COVID-19 complications in scantly-monitored outbreaks of the disease at Egyptian detention centers.”

via Arab News

Almost 600 coronavirus infections in SA’s prisons

“There has been a steep jump in the number of coronavirus infections in the prison system. On Saturday, the number of infections stood at 388 but by Sunday the number had jumped to 571.”

via Sowetan Live