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Coronavirus confirmed in one of Colombia's largest prison

Coronavirus confirmed in one of Colombia’s largest prison
by Adriaan Alsema April 19, 2020

Two inmates in Bogota‘s La Picota prison tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities confirmed Saturday, months after being urged to take action and prevent carnage in Colombia’s overcrowded prisons.

The infected inmates had reportedly been transferred from the prison in the town of Villavicencio where three inmates have died of the virus.

The infected inmates in Bogota have not been in touch with others as they were kept in preventive isolation, according to newspaper El Tiempo.

The confirmed entry of the virus in La Picota is bound to increase tensions in the prison where inmates announced a hunger strike on Tuesday over the government’s persistent inaction.

Videos from the prisons released on social media showed unrest and prisoners calling for help.


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