Lebanon lawyer warns coronavirus-hit prison 'humanitarian time bomb'

The head of the Beirut Bar Association Monday warned a novel coronavirus outbreak in crisis-hit Lebanon’s largest and most overcrowded prison amounted to a “humanitarian time bomb”.Security authorities on Saturday announced 22 coronavirus cases at the Roumieh prison, just outside Beirut, including 13 detainees and nine guards. They said the prisoners had been transferred to an isolation unit inside the jail.”The virus inside the Roumieh prison is tantamount to a humanitarian time bomb,” Beirut Bar Association head Melhem Khalaf told AFP.The prison houses more than 4,000 prisoners, around three…

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