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Kinner, Stuart A and Young, Jesse T and Snow, Kathryn and Southalan, Louise and Lopez-Acuña, Daniel and Ferreira-Borges, Carina and O'Moore, Éamonn . (2020) Prisons and custodial settings are part of a comprehensive response to COVID-19. Oxford. The Lancet Public Health, 5 (4) DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(20)30058-X

URL: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/...

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Prisons are epicentres for infectious diseases because of the higher background prevalence of infection, the higher levels of risk factors for infection, the unavoidable close contact in often overcrowded, poorly ventilated, and unsanitary facilities, and the poor access to health-care services relative to that in community settings. Infections can be transmitted between prisoners, staff and visitors, between prisons through transfers and staff cross-deployment, and to and from the community. As such, prisons and other custodial settings are an integral part of the public health response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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[See also, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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