Virus outbreak at Philippine jail fuels calls for prisoner releases
International

Virus outbreak at Philippine jail fuels calls for prisoner releases

Agency News

Eighteen guards and inmates at a jam-packed Philippine prison have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Friday, heightening fears of a rapid spread of the illness inside the country's jails.

Another 30 prisoners were showing symptoms inside the Quezon City Jail in the capital Manila - a facility so crowded that inmates take turns sleeping on staircases and in open-air basketball courts.

The outbreak has fuelled calls from rights groups for the early release of prisoners charged with non-violent offences as well as the sick and elderly in an effort to ease congestion and lower the risk of transmission.

The Philippines has a steadily rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with 5,878 infections and 387 deaths to date.

pennews
www.pennews.net