Coronavirus break outs in Kent jails may be ‘catalyst’ for London

CORONAVIRUS break outs in Kent jails may be a “driver” for London Covid cases rising to Tier 3 levels, specialists have stated.

Of the 5 areas with the highest coronavirus rates in England, 4 of them are near the Kent district of Swale and the Island of Sheppey – where there are three jails.

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Among those jails had the biggest outbreaks of Covid in prisons in current months.

The 4 locations are in a commuting passage which has possibly brought an increase of Covid to South East London.

Swale has the highest rate of Covid in England, with 624 cases per 100,000 people.

Experts believe Swale has specific attributes which imply that a break out there could easily spread out.

The area has overcrowded houses, great deals of vulnerable individuals, individuals who might not work from house and the prison which served as a “catalyst”, Teacher Jackie Cassell said.

Professor Cassell, a public health expert at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, told the Telegraph: “There are a lot of aspects, all little in themselves, however when dealing with an illness that is difficult to prevent in little homes where it is hard to social distance, create a circumstance that is all set to burn.

Mike Rolfe, who established a union which represents employees in Sheppey jails, said 40 percent of detainees in just one wing at HMP Elmley had Covid-19.

He added that 50 workers at the jail likewise contracted the bug.

” It is likely that break outs in the prison were since personnel brought the virus in rather than prisoners sending the infection from court or other approaches,” he said.

” Then, obviously, staff who have gotten the virus through their work have actually taken this home to family and friends adding to the spread in the neighborhood.

” Staff have actually felt the PPE and sanitation locations supplied are insufficient and that regardless of the threats of capturing Covid the nature of the operational job has actually made it difficult to securely social range or to not hang around in distance to detainees and other personnel.

” There is belief amongst personnel that catching Covid is unavoidable, it’s just a matter of when. This more desensitises personnel to the threat the disease presents.”


Coronavirus infections in London are the highest in the UK, stimulating fears the capital might be moved into Tier 3.

All the city’s boroughs were placed in Tier 2 when the one-month lockdown in England ended on December 2.

There is a danger London might be moved into Tier 3 as quickly as next week due to a rise in the variety of Covid-19 cases.

The capital tape-recorded 191.8 brand-new cases per 100,000 in the week to December 6, according to a report published by Public Health England – 20 per cent greater than the week previously.

Health ministers told London MPs that the favorable test rate throughout the UK is 5.9 per cent – however it’s more than 7 percent in the capital.

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One MP said: “It feels like they are preparing us for Tier 3. The data is pointing that method.”

The worst impacted areas are in East London – including Walthamstow, Redbridge, Newham and Barking.

The capital is among just three locations where rates are increasing, according to the latest data from Public Health England.

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