Over 200 corona cases reported in Lebanon prison

18 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s lar-gest prison has more than 200 coronavirus cases, the head of the country’s doctors’ union warned Thursday, calling for speedy trials to ease overcrowding, reports AFP.

“There are more than 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Roumieh prison,” Sharaf Abu Sharaf told journalists in Beirut, after authorities first announced 22 cases at the weekend.

Abu Sharaf did not specify whether the new cases were all inmates or if they also included prison guards. But he blamed prisoners for the spike in infections, saying they were not abiding by health measures.

A prisoner speaking on the group’s behalf threatened a “river of blood” unless steps are taken.