Nepal’s overcrowded jails at high risk from COVID-19

Khabarhub

March 16, 2020

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Nepal’s overcrowded jails at high risk from COVID-19

Central Jail in Kathmandu. (File photo)

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KATHMANDU: With the coronavirus pandemic gripping the world, Nepal too has started necessary preparations to ward off the deadly virus.

Nepal’s overcrowded jails are at high risk from a possible outbreak of coronavirus.

Medical In-charge at the Sundhara-based Central Jail Dr. Bhagwatlal Shrestha said that jailbirds are at high risk of contracting coronavirus as they come to contact with new inmate almost every day.

According to the Department of Prison Management, there are over 25,000 jailbirds in 74 prisons across the country.

Some 5, 00 people visit the Central Jail to meet their closed ones behind the bar.

The prison has restricted the number of visitors in fear of COVID-19 infection after the Department directed all the prisons across the country to maintain precautions.

Meanwhile, isolation beds are being readied in different prisons to deal with a possible outbreak of coronavirus.

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