International – COVID-19 News & Views

Better days are coming, dear readers.

But for now, you will find below a selection of international coronavirus (COVID-19) related news articles and statements listed by weeks – the more recent first. Our aim is not to list everything (a mountain of information emerges everyday), just the more interesting items.

Canadian news materials can be found here.

In a few months’ time we hope to delete this section of the website for good. Until then, stay safe.

Your Smile Is Contagious – Travis Wise (2020).

Week 19 – 25 October 2020

Aljazeera, ‘US legislators call on Egypt’s el-Sisi to release prisoners’ (Aljazeera).

AP, ‘Montana prison on lockdown after coronavirus outbreak’ (AP – Daily News).

Bloemfontein Courant, ‘#CoronavirusSA: Overcrowded prisons still a concern’ (BC).

Ko Bragg & Kate Sosin, ‘Inside the COVID unit at the world’s largest women’s prison’ (PBS).

Virginia Bridges, ‘Man died after catching COVID-19 in Durham jail. Why didn’t the county or state say so?’ (The News & Observer).

Daily Sabah, ’56 US legislators call on Egyptian President el-Sissi to release prisoners’ (DS).

Deccan Herald, ‘No more extension of bails, paroles for Covid-19 reasons: Delhi High Court observes’ (DH).

Audrey Dermawan, ‘Dire situation at Penang remand prison with PPE stock running out’ (The Straits Times).

Luc Dreosto, ‘Coronavirus : un cluster à la prison de Mulhouse’ (France Bleu).

Deutsche Welle, ‘Coronavirus: Homes for the elderly find ways to avoid lockdown’ (DW).

Express & Star, ‘Prison problems need urgent attention after coronavirus pandemic – report’ (E&S).

Hannah Graham, ‘Prisoner tests positive as Covid-19 enters HMP Northumberland’ (Chronicle).

Richard Guttridge, ‘Prisoners suspected to have coronavirus kept locked in cells‘ (Express & Star).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Chief Inspector of Prisons’ final annual report – positive signs but many deep problems will remain after COVID-19.

Superman Wears A Mask In Metropolis – formulanone (2020).

Home Care Insight, ‘STATE OF CARE: COVID-19 magnifies inequalities in care’ (HCI).

Matt Jarram, ‘Warden explains current Covid-19 situation at Nottinghamshire prison’ (Nottingham Post).

La Verite, ‘Prisons – Reprise de la visite des détenus’ (LV).

Samantha Max, ‘Rural Tennessee County Becomes A National COVID-19 Hot Spot As Prison Grapples With Deadly Outbreak’ (WPLN).

Helene Musca, ‘Covid-19 en prison : «On se prend la seconde vague de plein fouet»’ (Le Figaro).

David Raths, ‘Shining a Spotlight on Inadequate Response to COVID-19 in Prisons and Jails’ (Healthcare Innovation).

Razvan Sibii, ‘Social etiquette in prison, in the time of COVID-19’ (New Hampshire Gazette).

Lisa Smyth, ‘Health staff visiting Covid-19 patients ‘putting lives at risk” (Belfast Telegraph).

Maureen Tcacik, ‘The Corporatization of Nursing Homes’ (The American Prospect).

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, To Adhere to Public Health Guidelines and Mitigate COVID-19, Officials Should Use Their Discretion to Minimize Incarceration, Says New Report.

Various, ”They’re going grey in the face’: how Covid-19 restrictions are affecting UK inmates’ (The Guardian).


Week 12 – 18 October 2020

Ames Alexander, ‘With COVID-19 striking 10% of inmates, NC will test all staff at three state prisons’ (The Charlotte Observer).

Amnesty International, COVID-19 IS NEW PRETEXT FOR OLD TACTICS OF REPRESSION IN GCC.

AP, ‘SC prisons will install air purifiers to limit COVID spread’ (AP – WSPA).

BBC News, ‘Coronavirus: HMP Northumberland inmates kept in cells for eight days awaiting tests’ (BBC News).

Bipin Bhardwaj, ‘Punjab to release 6000 prisoners amidst Covid-19 crisis’ (National Herald).

Pierre Bienvault, ‘L’épidémie de Covid-19 très « efficace » pour vider les prisons‘ (La Croix).

Hacı Bişkin, ‘Turkish Justice Ministry withholds COVID-19 data on prisoners’ (Duvar).

Rebecca Black, ‘Four prison officers test positive for coronavirus at Belfast facility’ (Irish Examiner).

Remi Buhagier, ‘Cluster à la prison de Seysses : 600 détenus et personnels testés d’ici la fin de semaine’ (La Depeche).

Richard Castle, ‘Family told they’re banned from visiting convict dad because son hugged him’ (Derby Telegraph).

David Cohen, ‘Special report: Just 80 Covid cases in 80,000 prisoners — but still they endure 23-hour lock-up misery’ (The Standard).

CSDHI, ‘UNHCHR : « Libérez les prisonniers politiques iraniens »’ (CSDHI).

Kelly Davis, ‘CORONAVIRUS IN JAILS AND PRISONS’ (The Appeal).

Gabriela Galindo, ‘Coronavirus: freeing Belgian prisoners ‘essential’ to cut risk, observatory warns’ (The Brussels Times).

Corona sunset – Iforce (2020).

Francoise de Halleux, ‘Pour freiner le Covid en prison, les visites intimes sont suspendues 1 mois’ (La Province).

Keegan Hamilton, ‘A Super-Spreader Jail Keeps Sparking COVID Outbreaks Across the U.S.’ (Vice).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HMP Northumberland – positive aspects including work but many have poorer daily regime than in similar prisons.

Annick Hovine, ‘”Ce sont les gardiens qui font entrer le virus en prison, pas les détenus”‘ (La Libre).

David Leduc, ‘Val-de-Marne. 19 détenus positifs au Covid-19 à la prison de Fresnes’ (ACTU).

Iris Lee & Sean Green, ‘Tracking the coronavirus in California state prisons’ (LA Times).

Liberation, ‘Covid-19 En prison, 88 détenus testés positifs, dont 41 à Fresnes’ (Liberation).

Taylor Lockett, ‘Florida Prisons Reopen For Visitation With Stricter COVID-19 Rules’ (WUSF).

Julian O’Neill, ‘Coronavirus: Maghaberry prisoners monitored after Covid-19 case’ (BBC News).

ONU Info, Iran : des experts de l’ONU qualifient de « signe d’espoir » la libération de l’activiste Narges Mohammadi.

Nadirah H. Rodzi & Hazlin Hassan, ‘Malaysia to implement early release of inmates amid Covid-19 outbreaks behind bars’ (The Straits Times).

RTBF, ‘Grève dans les prisons : comment gérer la situation sanitaire de plus en plus inquiétante ?’ (RTBF).

Mur mortifère en temps de covid-19 – Jeanne Menjoulet (2020).

Carole Suhas, ‘Pays basque : plusieurs cas de Covid-19 au sein de la prison à Bayonne’ (Sud Ouest).

The Crime Report, ‘Changes ‘Urgently Needed’ on COVID-19 in Prisons, Jails, Experts Say’ (TCR).

Time24, ‘Brazilians Report ‘Hell’ of Catching Covid-19 in US Immigrant Prisons’ (Time24).

Times of Malta, ’11 warders, 1 prisoner tested positive since COVID-19 outbreak started’ (ToM).

Grace Toohey, ‘Florida’s prison population lowest in 15 years as intakes slow due to coronavirus’ (Florida Sentinel).

Various, ‘‘I Just Kind of Lost It’: As Coronavirus Cases Soar, One Montana Town Reels’ (NY Times).

Loyse Vincent, ‘Alternative prison for Tobago’s COVID-19 inmates’ (The T&T Guardian).

Jacob Walter, ‘Prison warder fights Covid-19 a poem at a time’ (Nation).

WLNS, ‘Video visits launch in Michigan prisons’ (WLNS).

WVTM13, ‘Alabama’s prison system sees 400+ cases of COVID-19 among inmate population’ (WVYM13).


Week 5 – 11 October 2020

AFP, ‘Guatemala sends back some 3,500 migrants amid COVID-19 concerns’ (AFP – Aljazeera).

Aljazeera, ‘S Korean accused of lying to COVID-19 investigators sent to jail’ (Aljazeera).

AP, ’12th COVID-19 inmate death reported in Oregon prisons’ (AP – The News Tribune).

AP, ‘Email points to ban on masks in virus-stricken jail housing’ (Washington Post).

BBC News, ‘Coronavirus: Visiting suspended at Isle of Man Prison’ (BBC News).

BBC News, ‘Doncaster welder’s positive Covid-19 test halted Manx jail visits’ (BBC News).

Belga, ‘La CGSP débute la grève dans les prisons pour protester contre les visites non surveillées’ (Belga – L’avenir).

Belga, ‘Pour l’ONU, le Covid-19 est une raison de plus de libérer les prisonniers politiques en Iran’ (RTBF).

Keri Blakinger & Joseph Neff, ‘Thousands of sick federal prisoners sought release as Covid-19 spread. Nearly all were denied’ (NBC).

Boston Herald, ‘Massachusetts jail coronavirus cluster continues to grow, 137 inmates test positive’ (BH).

Hannah Critchfield, ‘Getting out the vote in jail, during a pandemic’ (North Carolina Health News).

CSDHI, ‘Un dissident iranien contracte un coronavirus en prison’ (CSDHI).

COVID 19 – Patrice Calatayu (2020).

Kelly Davis, ‘CORONAVIRUS IN JAILS AND PRISONS’ (The Appeal).

Thomas Diquattro, ‘Comment la prison de Vendin-le-Vieil a traversé le Covid’ (Le Voix du Nord).

FMT, ‘Release minor offenders to reduce overcrowding in jails, says Bar’ (FMT).

FR24 News, ‘Coronavirus: freiner «  une bénédiction déguisée pour les prisons’ (FR24 News).

Akmal Hakim, ‘Prison Department To Release Minor Offenders To Prevent Covid-19 Outbreaks’ (TRP).

Emily Hamer, ‘Another Wisconsin prison has massive COVID-19 outbreak; more than 300 cases reported’ (Wisconsin State Journal).

Peter Hennessy, ‘Ten staff members and two prisoners test positive for Covid-19 at HMP Nottingham’ (Nottingham Post).

Najia Houssari, ‘La prison surpeuplée du Liban risque la catastrophe sanitaire de la Covid-19’ (Arab News).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Report on a scrutiny visit to HMP Swansea by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Iran Focus, ‘Iran: les patients du Covid-19 sont privés de traitement en prison’ (IF).

Jakarta News Net, ‘124 detainees, prisoners infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia’ (JNN).

Jakarta Post, ‘Korea, Red Cross help curb spread of COVID-19 in Indonesian prisons’ (JP).

Simone Morgan-Lindo, ‘COVID fear grips prisons’ (Jamaica Star).

Stay Strong World – Travis Wise (2020).

MYT, ‘Penang Prison isolates inmates after one presumably died of Covid-19’ (Malay Mail).

OHCHR, Citing COVID risk, Bachelet calls on Iran to release jailed human rights defenders.

ONU Info, Covid-19 : Michelle Bachelet appelle l’Iran à libérer les défenseurs des droits de l’homme emprisonnés.

Pen America, IRAN UNJUSTLY JAILS THREE WRITERS AMID PANDEMIC.

Jenny Rees, ‘Covid: Swansea prisoners make hundreds of PPE items’ (BBC News).

RTBF, ‘Coronavirus à Bruxelles: cas de covid-19 à la prison de Saint-Gilles, la CGSP demande des mesures’ (RTBF).

Wagdy Sawahel, ‘Higher learning in prisons stutters in the time of COVID-19’ (University World News).

SCF, ‘Increasing COVID-19 cases in Turkish prisons cause panic among families of political prisoners’ (SCF).

Claire Shiple & Pracha Peter Eamranond, ‘Letter to the Editor—The disproportionate negative impacts of COVID‐19 on the mental health of prisoners’ (Journal of Forensic Sciences).

The Brussels Times, ‘Covid-19: Prison staff strikes to suspend unsupervised visits’ (TBT).

The Daily Free Press, ‘EDITORIAL: COVID-19 worsens shortfalls in prison, jail system’ (TDFP).

The Guardian, ‘As a prison officer, I’m afraid of what Covid restrictions are doing to inmates’ (TG).

Trinidad Express, ‘Covid outbreak in Tobago jail – 13 prisoners, 5 prison officers’ (TE).

N. Trisha, ‘Six more prisoners at Penang Remand Prison down with Covid-19’ (The Star).

Various, ‘Criminals get shorter prison sentences in ‘Covid bonus’’ (The Times).

Various, ‘Italian Prisons During the COVID-19 Outbreak’ (American Journal of Public Health).

David Walsh, ‘DHS Admits ICE’s Policies Fueled Covid Outbreak’ (Forbes).


Week 28 September – 4 October 2020

Amnesty International, SAUDI ARABIA: “THIS IS WORSE THAN COVID-19”: ETHIOPIANS ABANDONED AND ABUSED IN SAUDI PRISONS.

Edmund L. Andres-Stanford, ‘3 THINGS WOULD CUT CORONAVIRUS SPREAD IN PRISON’ (Futurity).

AP, ‘COVID-19 responsible for deaths of 31 prison inmates in Virginia since start of pandemic’ (AP – WJLA).

AP, ‘Kettle Moraine Prison Has Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases’ (USNews).

AP, ‘Federal prisoners to be tested for virus before transfers’ (AP).

Asiaville News, ‘US man gets one-year jail for holding large parties amid coronavirus outbreak’ (AVN).

BBC News, ‘Covid: HMP Lowdham Grange visits stopped as cases ‘surge” (BBC News).

BBC news, ‘Des Éthiopiens meurent dans un centre de détention en Arabie saoudite’ (BBC News).

Belga, ‘Asile et migration – Des migrants éthiopiens vivent l’enfer dans les prisons saoudiennes, dénonce Amnesty’ (Belga – RTL).

Belga, ‘Les émeutes dans les prisons italiennes font trois nouveaux morts’ (7sur7).

Christian Boone, ‘Women’s prison ravaged by COVID, fear’ (AJC).

Jamie Buchanan, ‘Chaotic testing forces staff to play ‘Russian roulette’ every day, care home boss claims’ (The Courier).

Aaron Miguel Cantu, ‘PRISONERS DESCRIBE OFFICIAL MISSTEPS AT THE CENTER OF MICHIGAN’S WORST CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK’ (The Intercept).

Clinical Trials Arena, Oxford team to test adalimumab against Covid-19 in care homes (CTA).

Mark Connor, ‘HMP Glenochil lockdown restrictions lead to reduction in violent incidents’ (Alloa Advertiser).

Courrier arabe, ‘133 mille détenus dans les prisons syriennes seraient menacés par la Covid-19, selon une ONG’ (CA).

Caroline Egan, ‘Over 650 Deaths Across 220 Aged Care Homes – But Quality Watchdog Issues No Sanctions’ (HelloCare).

Clausio Escalon, ‘Hundreds of migrants set out from Honduras amid pandemic’ (AP – CTV News).

The Trump Daily Briefing – Mike Finn (2020).

Lauren Gilger, ‘Nearly 400 Total COVID-19 Cases Reported At La Palma Correctional Center In Eloy’ Fronteras).

Jamie Grierson, ‘Deaths from natural causes in English and Welsh prisons ‘unacceptably high” (The Guardian).

Shatha Hammad, ‘Coronavirus being used to intimidate Palestinians inside Israeli prisons, says group’ (Middle East Eye).

HCNU, Un cycle de violence ‘choquant’ pour les migrants venant de Libye en quête de sécurité en Europe.

Sandy Hausman, ‘ACLU Demands VA Protect Prisoners from COVID’ (WVTF).

Emily Henderson, ‘Les efforts pour garder le COVID-19 hors des prisons alimentent les flambées dans les prisons de comté’ (CCE).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HMP Whatton – national restrictions on local innovation a source of frustration.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HMP Wymott – protecting vulnerable population and keen to resume offender behaviour work.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Inspectors report on Home Office flight removing immigration detainees to France and Germany.

ICRC, COVID-19: Timely support to prisons continues across Bangladesh.

Iran Focus, ‘Iran: Covid-19 Patients Are Deprived of Treatment in Prison’ (IF).

Fungai Lapande, ‘Zimbabwe: Corruption Worse Than Covid-19, Says Zimondi’ (The Herald – All Africa).

La Presse, ‘Covid-19 : Contamination de 34 détenus et 5 agents pénitenciers à la prison de Mornaguia’ (LP).

Sarah Lewis, ‘The impact of COVID-19 on prisoners’ families’ (Inside Time).

Sandra Meallier, ‘Coronavirus – Covid-19 : “La pandémie a dégradé les conditions de vie des détenus” selon Prison Insider, à Lyon’ (FranceInfo).

Katharine Murphy, ‘Brendan Murphy admits earlier federal action could have prevented some aged care deaths in Australia’ (The Guardian).

OHCHR, ‘Shocking’ cycle of violence for migrants departing Libya to seek safety in Europe.

We want just we want change – Travis Wise (2020).

PMC, ‘Tahiti’s Nuutania prison detects covid-19 outbreak with 20 cases’ (PMC – Asia Pacific Report).

PTI, ‘Delhi High Court asks prisons if they have enough isolation ward’ (Deccan Herald).

Dr. J. Carlee Purdum, ‘Prisons and COVID-19: how is the pandemic complicating how other emergencies are mitigated or prevented’ (Penal Reform International).

QMI, ‘La prison pour avoir fait deux grosses fêtes en pleine pandémie’ (QMI – Le Journal de Montreal).

RFI, ‘Le coronavirus se propage dans les prisons libanaises’ (RFI).

Alex Sakariassen, ‘Efforts to Keep COVID-19 out of Prisons Fuel Outbreaks in County Jails’ (KHN).

Science Blog, ‘COVID-19 Spread In American Prisons’ (SB – Stanford University).

Ridouane Soglonou, ‘Covid-19: le Sénégal autorise à nouveau les visites aux détenus’ (afrique actuelle).

The Print, ‘HC seeks details on Covid cases, number of isolation wards in 3 Delhi prisons’ (TP).

TNN, ‘Conduct more Covid-19 tests in prisons’ (Times of India).

Maura Turcotte & Libby Seline, ‘Federal Prisons Will Let Inmates Have Visitors During Pandemic’ (New York Times).

Various, ‘What should be done to fix the crisis in social care?’ (The Health Foundation).

Various, ‘Decarceration and community re-entry in the COVID-19 era’ (The Lancet).

Jasmine Stole Weiss, ‘We pray every day we don’t get it’: Guam prison still COVID-19-free’ (Pacific Daily News).


Week 21 – 27 September

ACLU, BOP DATA SHOW FEDERAL EXECUTIONS LIKELY CAUSED COVID-19 SPIKE.

Anderson Akue, ‘PANDÉMIE DE LA COVID 19 AU TOGO, LES DÉTENUS DES PRISONS BEAUCOUP PLUS VULNÉRABLES’ (Pan African Visions).

Edmund L. Andrews, Why prisons and jails have become COVID hotspots (Stanford Engineering).

AP, ’10 COVID-19 deaths reported at Virginia prison that holds elderly, vulnerable inmates’ (AP – WJLA).

Corey Devon Arthur, ‘I Hate My Prison Dorm So Much, I Enjoyed COVID-19 Quarantine in the Box’ (The Marshall Project).

Myriam Attia, ‘Covid : les prisons dans l’attente de directives nationales’ (Allo Docteurs).

Holly Barker, ‘ICE Detainees Win Class Status in Suit Over COVID-19 Conditions’ (Bloomsberg Law).

BBC News, ‘Erlestoke Prison ‘less safe’ following Covid-19 restrictions’ (BBC News).

Belga, ‘Coronavirus – L’administration pénitentiaire regrette le préavis de grève’ (Belga – RTL).

FR24 News, ‘NY est exhorté à apporter des correctifs pour éviter une autre augmentation du COVID dans les prisons et les prisons – NBC New York’ (FR24 News).

Belga, ‘La plupart des prisons flamandes et bruxelloises suivent le mouvement de grève’ (Belga – RTBF).

CNN Philippines, ‘BI opens isolation facility for COVID-19 positive foreign detainees’ (CNNP).

Miranda Davies & Eilis Keeble, ‘Covid-19 in prisons: fewer cases than feared but it’s not the whole story’ (Nuffield Trust).

FR24 News, ‘La prison d’Erlestoke est «  moins sûre  » suite aux restrictions de Covid-19’ (FR24 News).

FR24 News, ‘La prison d’État de l’Utah en lock-out après une possible transmission de COVID-19’ (FR24 News).

COVID19 Virus – However you look at it it’s still very ugly
Mike Finn (2020).

Health Europa, Government announces plan to protect care homes over winter.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HMP Erlestoke – safety, decency and purposeful activity decline during COVID-19 lockdown.

Asayire Kapira & Gloria Nyirenda, ‘COVID-19: Providing a helping hand to prison inmates in Malawi’ (WSSCC).

Tzvi Kahn, ‘Trapped in a Pandemic: Iran’s Political Prisoners Face COVID-19 Behind Bars’ (Just Security).

John J. Lennon, ‘When Coronavirus Came to Sing Sing’ (Intelligencer).

Justine van der Leun, ‘Confinement and Contagion’ (The New York Review of Books).

Kate Lisa, ‘Panelists say decarceration is key to preventing COVID-19 in prisons’ (NNY360).

Loop News, ‘Guyana: More prisoners test positive for COVID-19 at Lusignan prison’ (LN).

Edward McKinley, ‘COVID-19 in New York prisons: ‘It could have been much worse” (Times Union).

Middle East Monitor, ‘Inmates’ families rally outside Lebanon’s largest prison amid reports of COVID-19 outbreak’ (MEM).

Himanshu Mishra, ‘Director General of Delhi Prisons tests positive for coronavirus’ (India Today).

Chris Muronzi, ‘In Zimbabwe’s overcrowded prisons, fear of COVID-19 spreads’ (Al Jazeera).

New Indian Express, ‘Assam: 350 detention camp inmates released on bail during Covid-19 pandemic, says Centre’ (NIE).

Coronavirus – Fernando Moital (2020).

News24, ‘Jusqu’à 150000 étrangers en Thaïlande risquent la prison pour avoir dépassé la durée de leur visa alors que le gouvernement met fin à la période de grâce Covid-19’ (News24).

New York Senate, Joint Public Hearing: To discuss the impact of COVID-19 on prisons and jails.

Reuters, ‘Locked up during Covid-19: Costly prison phone calls strain families’ (Reuters – Hindustan Times).

Helene Sergent, ‘Qui pour contrôler les prisons ? Depuis deux mois, la « vigie » des lieux de détention se fait attendre’ (20 Minutes).

Ryan Tarinelli, ‘Legal Groups, Advocates Push for More Inmate Releases Due to COVID-19’ (New York Law Journal).

Various, ‘#FreeHer – calling for the release of women and children from prison’ (Croakey).

Various, ‘For Inmates With COVID-19, Anxiety and Isolation Make Prison ‘Like A Torture Chamber’‘ (NPR).

Nathalie Weber, ‘Prison visits have been suspended for six months. Here’s what it’s been like for families’ (Tampa Bay Times).

Yoto Yoneda, ‘Convict to sue Osaka Prison for stricter COVID-19 measures’ (The Asahi Shimbun).

Katherine Zuk, ‘Jails and COVID-19: An Overlooked Public Health Crisis in Philadelphia’ (Havard Law).


Week 14 – 20 September

AFP, ‘Lebanon lawyer warns coronavirus-hit prison ‘humanitarian time bomb” (AFP – France 24 News).

AFP, ‘Le coronavirus interdit de visite dans la plus grande prison malienne’ (AFP – VOA).

Tim Arango & Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, ‘For Prisoners in the West, the Virus and the Wildfires Are Colliding Threats’ (New York Times).

AP, ‘Bosnian Serb official jailed for war crimes dies of COVID-19’ (AP – News 95.7).

AP, ‘2 dead of COVID-19 at US prison where executions are scheduled’ (AP – Fox59).

Arab News, ‘La prison surpeuplée du Liban risque la catastrophe sanitaire de la Covid-19’ (AN).

Belga, ‘Coronavirus en prison : 33 détenus et 77 membres du personnel contaminés’ (RTBF).

Wanda Bertram, ‘New Essie Justice Group survey exposes dangerous prison and jail conditions during COVID-19’ (Prison Policy Initiative).

BBC News, ‘Coronavirus: HMP Preston social distancing ‘all but impossible” (BBC News).

Ali Budner, ‘Hundreds Of Colorado Inmates Have Been Released Early Because Of Coronavirus. This Is One Man’s Story’ (KRCC).

Eli Cahan, ‘Ethical or exploitative—should prisoners participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials?’ (Science).

Caxton, Prisoners held in solitary confinement, denied access to lawyers in Covid-19 response.

Covid-19 on a sunny day – Mike Finn (2020).

Stephanie Desmon, ‘COVID-19 in Jails, Prisons, and Immigration Detention Centers: A Q&A with Chris Beyrer’ (John Hopkins School of Public Health).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HMP Hewell – successful early action against COVID-19 but easing of severe restrictions too slow.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HMP Preston – more ambition needed to increase pace of recovery from severe COVID-19 restrictions.

Hindustan Times, ‘‘One-fourth jails in India report Covid-19 cases, many ‘highly’ congested’: Report’ (HT).

Amanda Khoza, ‘How South African prisons are managing Covid-19’ (New Frame).

Souad Lazkani, ‘Riots Broke Out In Lebanon’s Most Crowded Prison Due To COVID-19’ (The 961).

Nada Merhi, ‘Dans les prisons, « la situation est toujours contrôlable, mais il faut agir vite »’ (L’Orient-Le Jour).

Sylvain Muller, ‘Premier cas de Covid-19 en prison’ (24heures).

Ferai Mutsaka, ‘Zimbabwe government abuses critics, allege rights groups’ (The Washington Post).

Farangis Najibullah, ‘Kazakh Prisoners Packed In Cells, Endure ‘Degrading’ Conditions In Coronavirus Lockdown’ (RFE/RL).

News24, ‘More than 100 die as Covid-19 storm rips through SA’s prisons’ (News24 – Big News Network).

Catherine Norris-Trent & James Andre, ‘‘They sacrificed the elderly’: How Covid-19 spread in Sweden’s care home’ (France 24).

OHCHR, In her global human rights update, Bachelet calls for urgent action to heighten resilience and protect people’s rights.

OHCHR, UN experts urge Iran to release human rights defenders from prison during COVID-19.

Covid-19 and self-isolation thoughts – muffinn (2020).

Julian O’Neill, ‘Maghaberry Prison: Republican prisoners refusing meals’ (BBC News).

Polity, ‘Covid-19: SA prisons report 93% recovery rate, with 299 active cases left out of 6 944 infections’ (Polity).

RNZ, ‘Covid-19: Two Auckland Prison inmates and 20 Corrections staff in isolation’ (RNZ).

Reuters, ‘Sweden to lift COVID ban on visits to care homes’ (Reuters – Saltwire).

Kevin Ring, ‘Congress should support independent oversight of federal prisons’ (The Hill).

Kristen Robb, ‘Aged care residents giving up due to COVID-19 and isolation, nurses fear’ (ABC News).

Wassim Saifuddin, ‘200 prisoners contracted COVID-19 in Lebanon’ (AA).

The San Diego Union-Tribune, ‘Nurse questions medical care at immigration jail in Georgia’ (TSDUT).

Kelly Servick, ‘Pandemic inspires new push to shrink jails and prisons’ (Science).

Various, ‘Règles de visites assouplies dans les prisons : visiteurs et détenus contents, syndicats inquiets’ (RTBF).

Various, Seeking Answers for Care Homes during the COVID-19 pandemic (Oxford Academic).

Various, ‘Five critical lessons from Behind Closed Walls, an investigation into prisons and COVID-19’ (Croakey).

Andrea Woods, ‘Federal Judges are Failing Incarcerated People During the Pandemic’ (ACLU).

Arielle Zionts, ‘Women’s minimum security prison sees COVID-19 outbreak’ (Rapid City Journal).