Tuesday 12 January 2021 / 10:02 AM David Lammy / Prisons

Covid-19 infections in prisons ‘out of control’

Analysis by Labour has shown that the Covid-19 outbreak in prisons is beginning to spread out of control, with a record number of deaths in December.

By 30 November 2020, a total of 47 prisoners died either having tested positive for Covid-19 or where there was a clinical assessment that Covid-19 was a contributory factor in their deaths. In the month of December alone there were 24 new prisoner deaths, bringing the total death toll to 71.

David Lammy MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, said:

“It is frightening that the government has lost control of the virus in prisons.

“More staff and inmates will die if Ministers do not get control of this pandemic. Outbreaks in prisons can also pump the virus outside of their walls, overwhelming local hospitals and infecting the rest of the community.

“The government must rapidly roll out vaccines across the country so that we can secure our economy, protect our NHS and rebuild Britain.”