Responding to a Public Health England report showing that the number of prisoners believed to have been infected with coronavirus may be up to six times as many as the published figure, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy MP said:
“The truth is that the government does not know the true scale of the covid-19 outbreak in prisons because very few staff and prisoners have been tested for the virus.
“Explosive outbreaks in prisons are not only extremely dangerous for those on the prison estate. Scientists have warned that prisons can become pumps that spread the virus out of prisons, into hospitals and the general public.
“As in the general population, we need mass testing, contact tracing, shielding and PPE in prisons to make sure the virus does not spread out of control.”