Deadly virus spreading in Egypt prisons

Deadly virus spreading in Egypt prisons
Egypt had released some 13,000 prisoners since February. (File/AFP)
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Updated 20 July 2020

Deadly virus spreading in Egypt prisons

Deadly virus spreading in Egypt prisons
  • HRW based its report on witness accounts, leaked letters from prisons and reports by local rights groups
  • Egypt had released some 13,000 prisoners, but this was “insufficient to ease overcrowding”

BEIRUT: At least 14 prisoners have died from likely COVID-19 complications in scantly-monitored outbreaks of the disease at Egyptian detention centers, Human Rights Watch said Monday.
“At least 14 prisoners and detainees have died, most likely from Covid-19 complications, in 10 detention facilities as of July 15,” the rights groups said in a statement.
HRW based its report on witness accounts, leaked letters from prisons and reports by local rights groups.
“Prisons had insufficient medical care and virtually no access to testing for the virus or symptom screening,” it said.
Information about the health situation in Egyptian prisons is strictly controlled by the authorities.
HRW noted that Egypt had released some 13,000 prisoners since February, but this was “insufficient to ease overcrowding in congested prisons and jails.”
It urged authorities to ensure “adequate medical care” and to accelerate the release of prisoners.
“Prison authorities appear to have done no contact tracing measures and have done little to isolate prisoners who show symptoms,” HRW said.
Guards in at least three prisons had refused to allow inmates to source or wear masks, it added.
Egypt’s interior ministry has banned prison visits by inmates’ relatives since early March.


Kuwait’s emir accepts resignation of cabinet — state news agency

Kuwait’s emir accepts resignation of cabinet — state news agency
Updated 42 min 48 sec ago

Kuwait’s emir accepts resignation of cabinet — state news agency

Kuwait’s emir accepts resignation of cabinet — state news agency
  • Ministers will stay in office until replacements have been appointed

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah and his cabinet, state news agency KUNA said on Monday.
Sheikh Sabah’s cabinet will continue in a caretaker capacity until the formation of a new government, KUNA said.