The Palestinian Authority news agency estimates that a total of nine prisoners in the United Kingdom have now died after 107 prisoners tested positive for Covid-19 in 38 prisons at 5 p.m. on Sunday 5 April.
Including the death in Merseyside, three were reportedly detained at HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire, others were reportedly detained in Birmingham, Manchester, Belmarsh in south-east London, Whatton in Nottinghamshire and one prisoner in Low Newton , in County Durham.
There are 19 prison staff in 12 prisons who contracted the virus, as well as four staff from escort and police services.
The news comes as MPs prepare to speak out against Justice Secretary Robert Buckland about how the justice system is coping with the coronavirus epidemic.
Activists denounced the decision to hold the House of Commons justice committee on Tuesday, raising concerns that ministers may escape public scrutiny.
The committee said it could not take place in public or via a publicly available program as usual “due to current restrictions on parliamentary capacity, in part caused by the virus”.
Instead, there will be live tweets posted on social media during the proceedings with a press release and a “summing up audience” note subsequently published, rather than a full transcript or recording. will only be available.
Committee Chair Bob Neill said in a press release that he “shared the concerns” that the meeting would be less open than it usually would be, but the House of Commons does not have the capacity to ‘Record and broadcast the meeting, which the committee finds “as frustrating as anyone”.
The Justice Department (MoJ) announced on Saturday that up to 4,000 low-risk prisoners in England and Wales will be temporarily released from prison in an attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus and follows a similar decision free pregnant prisoners and prison inmates with babies.
More than half of the criminal and civil court buildings have been closed to prevent the spread of the virus, only urgent hearings have taken place, while prosecutors have received instructions on how to prioritize cases.