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Prison Service: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 45181, tabled on 11 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison service staff have died of covid-19.

Answered on

19 May 2020

Our prison staff are hidden heroes and I applaud their bravery and resolute commitment to public service.

We are working hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the prison system as part of the national plan to protect the NHS and save lives. In our prisons and in the community, we are implementing a range of measures to reduce the spread of the transmission of the virus and the numbers of lives sadly lost.

As of 8 May, seven prison staff are confirmed to have died having tested positive for COVID-19.