Philippines Released more than 22,500 Inmates as more Inmates , Staff tested positive for COVID19

Updated: Jul 20

Philippines jails: Many inmates, staff test positive for COVID-19 ; Philippines frees over 22,500 inmates amid Covid-19 pandemic


Philippines jails: Many inmates, staff test positive for COVID-19

The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in some of the world's most congested jails in the Philippines.


Jails in the Philippines are among the most overcrowded in the world, and that is making it difficult to manage the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Several inmates have tested positive, along with some prison staff. Analysts say, unless conditions change, the number of cases will rise.

Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports from the Philippines capital, Manila.


Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/philippines-jails-inmates-staff-test-positive-covid-19-200421103114943.html


Inmates, Staff Test Positive for COVID-19 at Philippine Jail

At least nine inmates and nine employees at a Metro Manila jail have tested positive for the coronavirus, Philippine officials said Friday as rights groups pressed for the quick and temporary release of inmates from congested prisons in the country.

The infected inmates at the Quezon City Jail have been taken to a quarantine facility in Payatas, a Manila district, said Xavier Solda, a spokesman for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

The nine have “common symptoms of sore throat, and some of them are coughing,” Solda said.

Officials said the nine were not known to have been infected with COVID-19 by an inmate who died at the overcrowded jail on March 25. A team is tracking down those who may have been exposed to the deceased inmate. His death certificate had listed the coronavirus as a possible cause of death.

In early April, about 22 inmates who were suffering medical conditions filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking temporary freedom, citing their vulnerability amid the spread of the highly contagious killer virus.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines on Friday rose by 218 to a total of 5,878, with 25 new deaths from the disease recorded, bringing the national toll to 387.

Globally, nearly 2.2 million infections have been recorded with the death toll at more than 149,000 as of Friday, according to data compiled by disease experts at U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Also on Friday, the Philippine economic planning secretary who had called for the government to balance its response to the pandemic between health and economic objectives resigned on Friday over “differences in development philosophy” with some Cabinet members, the state-run Philippine News Agency reported.

President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the resignation of Ernesto Pernia as head of the National Economic Development Authority. Pernia had been in charge of establishing plans for the nation’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

In a report last month, Pernia called for the balanced approach. “Otherwise, the situation could deteriorate to a social and political crisis,” it said.


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Philippines frees over 22,500 inmates amid Covid-19 pandemic

MANILA (Xinhua): The Philippines has released a total of 22,522 inmates in an effort to decongest the country's overcrowded jails amid a rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, a Supreme Court official said on Friday (May 29).

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said the 22,522 persons deprived of liberty have been released since the lockdown imposed in mid-March to halt the spread of the virus.


Marquez made the statement during a webinar hosted by the Judicial Integrity Network in Asean, according to the Supreme Court Public Information Office.

The Supreme Court said the inmates were released "either through bail or recognizance, or after serving the minimum imposable penalty for the crime they were charged."


Marquez said the release of the inmates also "eliminated the risk of further spread of Covid-19 infection to the inmates inside the jail facilities."

The Bureau of Jail and Management Penology, which manages jails, reported that 517 inmates in its 10 jail facilities have contracted the virus.- Xinhua


Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2020/05/29/philippines-frees-over-22500-inmates-amid-covid-19-pandemic



Philippines frees over 22,500 inmates amid COVID-19 epidemic

Coronavirus has hit Philippine prisons,

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The Philippines has released a total of 22,522 inmates in an effort to decongest the country’s overcrowded jails amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country, a Supreme Court official said on Friday.

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said the 22,522 persons deprived of liberty have been released since the lockdown imposed in mid-March to halt the spread of the virus.


Source: https://nnn.com.ng/philippines-frees-over-22500-inmates-amid-covid-19-epidemic/


Philippines frees over 22,500 inmates amid COVID-19 epidemic

745 prisoners, 125 personnel in Philippine jails test positive for coronavirus

Photo Source: https://www.rappler.com/nation/263519-coronavirus-cases-jails-philippines-june-11-2020


Marquez made the statement during a webinar hosted by the Judicial Integrity Network in ASEAN, according to the Supreme Court Public Information Office.

The Supreme Court said the inmates were released "either through bail or recognizance, or after serving the minimum imposable penalty for the crime they were charged."

Marquez said the release of the inmates also "eliminated the risk of further spread of COVID-19 infection to the inmates inside the jail facilities."

The Bureau of Jail and Management Penology, which manages jails, reported that 517 inmates in its 10 jail facilities have contracted the virus.


Source: https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/265272910/philippines-frees-over-22500-inmates-amid-covid-19-epidemic



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