At least 191 inmates in İstanbul’s notorious Silivri Prison, have so far tested positive for COVID-19 , according to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, an opposition member of the Turkish parliament and a rights activist.
Gergerlioğlu said in a tweet late on Sunday that eight of the infected inmates were taken to the intensive care unit of a city hospital.
Silivri Prison is where most political prisoners are held in Turkey.
Gergerlioğlu said inmates who tested positive were put back in their usual wards, where dozens of prisoners are kept in a relatively tight space.
“In such conditions, one would expect the virus would spread very easily,” he tweeted.
Early in April, Turkey’s parliament passed a bill that allowed the release of tens of thousands of prisoners as part of the country’s ongoing struggle against the COVID-19 epidemic.
However, political prisoners who are convicted or being held in pre-trial detention over “terror or/and coup” links were exempted.