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Families of inmates at Roumieh prison protested to demand their relatives be protected against coronavirus

Crowded Lebanese prison faces outbreak

Lebanon’s largest prison is grappling with coronavirus outbreak. A security source told the BBC that about 200 prisoners had contracted Covid-19 in Roumieh prison, located close to the capital, Beirut. Earlier this week, it was reported that prisoners had staged violent protests saying they were not getting the medical care they required.

The jail houses more than 3,000 prisoners and is infamous for poor conditions and overcrowding. There are growing calls for those imprisoned for petty crimes to be released. Lebanon is currently witnessing a surge in the number of Covid-19 infections.

The authorities are warning that they’ll be overwhelmed if the infection rate continues to grow while at the same time the country tries to recover from the devastating Beirut port blast last month. BBC

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