Offbeat Covid-19. Outbreak of cases in Île-de-France prisons, a worrying situation

15:05  27 january  2021
15:05  27 january  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Des mesures ont été prises pour ralentir la propagation du coronavirus dans les prisons franciliennes (photo d'illustration). © Daniel Fouray / Ouest-France Measures have been taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus in prisons in the Ile-de-France region (photo illustration).

In Île-de-France prison centers, we are witnessing a rebound in the Covid-19 epidemic. This is particularly the case at Fresnes prison (Val-de-Marne), where more than 80 cases, among inmates and staff, have been found to be positive. A situation which prompts the administration to take further precautionary measures.

Cases of Covid-19 are on the rise in prisons in Île-de-France . This upsurge in the epidemic particularly affects establishments in Fresnes ( Val-de-Marne ), Nanterre ( Hauts-de-Seine ) or even Réau ( Seine-et-Marne ).

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Le Parisien reported on Tuesday, January 26, that sixty inmates and twenty officers tested positive in Fresnes, to which are added 96 contact cases. In Nanterre, thirty cases were identified among the only agents who numbered 200. While in Réau, women are strongly impacted, with eleven positive out of twelve cases.

Measures to slow the spread of the virus

To combat the epidemic, new measures have been adopted in Fresnes. Both staff and detainees must wear masks and visiting rooms are fitted with glass protections. Numerous tests are being carried out (440 have been carried out in recent days) and contact cases are being kept in isolation.

The controller general of places of deprivation of liberty nevertheless points to overcrowding in French prisons and informed the Minister of Health in writing. Dominique Simonnot pleads for the early release of detainees close to their release or for the postponement of the incarceration of certain convicts. Measures which have already been taken during the first containment .

For more information, read the article in Parisien .

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