Epidemiology of COVID-19 in prisons, England, 2020

Wendy M. Rice*, Dimple Y. Chudasama, James Lewis, Francis Senyah, Isaac Florence, Simon Thelwall, Lisa Glaser, Maciej Czachorowski, Emma Plugge, Hilary Kirkbride, Gavin Dabrera, Theresa Lamagni

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Using laboratory data and a novel address matching methodology, we identified 734 cases of coronavirus disease in 88 prisons in England during March 16–October 12, 2020. An additional 412 cases were identified in prison staff and household members. We identified 84 prison outbreaks involving 86% of all prison-associated cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2183-2186
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
Early online date22 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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Funding Information: No funding information.

Open Access: Free to read, but no Open Access licence.

Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All rights reserved.

Citation: Rice WM, Chudasama DY, Lewis J, Senyah F, Florence I, Thelwall S, et al. Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Prisons, England, 2020. Emerg Infect Dis. 2021;27(8):2183-2186.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2708.204920


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