In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International is concerned about the precarious situation of people deprived of their liberty throughout the Americas. Widespread overcrowding in prisons in the region makes it impossible for those detained to take measures to prevent infection, including physical distancing and isolating people who may already be infected with the virus. In addition, there is limited access to health services, adequate food and a lack of sanitation and/or access to water. All of this increases the risks of exposure to the virus and limits the chances of recovery of those infected.
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