Covid-19: Prisons in the Brasilia region with two deaths and 801 cases of infection

According to data from the Secretariat of the Penitentiary System (Sesipe) and the Health Department of the Federal District, a prisoner and a prison official are the two registered fatal victims.

Among confirmed cases of covid-19, 590 relate to prisoners and 211 to police officers.

“Regarding the criminal police, until Thursday afternoon, 92 agents are positive for the coronavirus and 119 are recovered. Part of those who tested positive are still waiting for the counterproof, that is, the numbers may change in the next withdrawals ”, informed Sesipe in a statement.

According to data from the National Penitentiary Department of Brazil, the Federal District is the federative unit that performs the most tests in prisons (about four thousand tests), being responsible for about 80% of all exams performed in the country's prison system.

In view of the increase in the number of infected people, a series of measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the virus in prisons in the capital region, such as the production and distribution of washable masks, training actions for police on prevention strategies or selection of hotels for agents are in isolation.

The Brazilian prison system, considered one of the worst in the world, has a deficit of around 350,000 vacancies, which for years has aggravated overcrowding in prisons, and which can aggravate the spread of the new coronavirus in the jails.

Until Thursday, the Federal District was the 13th federative unit, out of a total of 27, with the highest number of infection cases in the country, with 5,542 confirmed cases and 84 deaths.

At the national level, Brazil totals 20,047 deaths and 310,087 cases diagnosed since the arrival of the pandemic in the country, informed the executive.

According to a report by the AFP news agency, globally the covid-19 pandemic has already caused almost 330,000 deaths and infected more than 5.1 million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1.9 million patients were considered cured.


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