Coronavirus kills California inmate, first virus-related death among incarcerated population in state

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An inmate at one of California’s correctional institutions has died after contracting the novel coronavirus. This is reportedly the first COVID-19 death of an inmate in the state. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in a news release on Sunday announced the death of an inmate from California Institution for Men (CIM) in San Bernardino County.

The inmate was treated at a local hospital before his death. Officials say, 

“Symptoms appear to be related to COVID-19, though an exact cause has not yet been determined.”


The authorities are concerned with the well being of the other inmates, especially the elderly and are taking actions for the same. New York City mayor, Bill De Blasio, has also sprung into action, starting a review system for the inmates which will ensure they’re well being. He also stated, “We still need our criminal justice system to function.”

This also comes after Trump announced a milestone in regards to the virus and how they have surpassed the screening in comparison to other countries.


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