Two doctors in Şakran Prison in the western port city of İzmir have tested positive for COVID-19,  according to a joint statement by the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TİHV) and the country’s Human Rights Association (İHD).

The two rights groups urged authorities to take measures against high risk individuals in the country’s prisons.

“Prisons are the places where personal space and hygiene are the most limited. Their structure makes them extremely convenient for diseases to spread,” the statement read.

Turkey has a total of 384 prisons.

These overcrowded, unhygienic prisons are a perfect breeding ground for the COVID-19 pandemic .

So far at least two inmates died of coronavirus in prisons, according to health officials.