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Fighting covid-19 outbreaks in prisons

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 02 April 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1362
  1. Hong Yang, lecturer1,
  2. Julian R Thompson, professor2
  1. 1University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
  2. 2UCL University College London, London, UK
  1. h.yang4{at}

Poor prison healthcare has been reported by Armstrong.1 Improving prison health services is critical for fighting epidemics such as covid-19.

On 20 February 2020, over 500 new covid-19 cases in five prisons ended 16 days of continuous decline in new cases in China (excluding Hubei province).2 Over half were in Hubei, including 230 at Wuhan Women’s Prison and 41 at …

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