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One in eight prisoners in England and Wales have had Covid

Prison reformers say figures support case for inmates to be given jabs as soon as possible

One in eight prisoners in England and Wales have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began, latest figures show, after a 70% surge in the number of cases recorded behind bars.

At the end of January, 10,354 prisoners or children in custody had tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 4,227 cases since December, according to monthly data from the Ministry of Justice.

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