Coronavirus: India's packed prisons raise Covid-19 alarm

Coronavirus: India's packed prisons raise Covid-19 alarm

India Today

As authorities scale up efforts to flatten the rising Coronavirus curve, many Indian prisons already bursting at the seams have emerged as potential infection hotspots. Several states, including Delhi, are scrambling to release thousands of inmates on parole, furlough or bail as epidemiologists warn that things will spiral out of control if the virus starts spreading inside these jails.

This is after the Supreme Court directed all states and Union Territories on March 16 to submit written replies on steps being taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic among prisoners and juveniles.

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