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World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. (2020) Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention. Geneva: World Health Organization.

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Prisons and other places of detention are enclosed environments where people (including staff) live in close proximity. Every country has a responsibility to increase their level of preparedness, alert and response to identify, manage and care for new cases of COVID-19. Countries should prepare to respond to different public health scenarios, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing cases and outbreaks of COVID-19. Four transmission scenarios that could be experienced by countries at the subnational level have been defined for COVID-19, and countries should therefore adjust and tailor their approach to the local context.

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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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