Turkey has a total of 384 prisons.

Based on figures provided by the Justice Ministry, 229,790 people are in prisons with a total capacity of 207,339. Only 141,802 out of the 229,790 have been convicted of a crime.

Another report last year stated that the total prison population had exceeded 224,000 while prison capacity is 202,000.

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

We are calling on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to put reason before punishment by conditionally releasing purge-victims across Turkey.

The number of coronavirus cases in Turkey rose to 47 on Monday, with 29 new cases confirmed, the country’s health minister said.

“All 29 recent cases are directly or indirectly related to the United States, the Middle East or Europe, while 3 cases have arrived from Umrah,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, according to Reuters.

“Contact with foreign countries will remain a risk,” Koca warned.

As part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Turkish Interior Ministry has ordered the immediate closure of a large variety of public places, effective as of midnight on Monday.