Table emergency motion to direct all UK testing resources towards the prison estate. Focusing on prisons simultaneously will target candidates for isolation and prevent loss of life.
Why is this important?
Prisons provide the ideal setting for contagious diseases to wreak havoc. They are crowded, cramped, often unsanitary institutions, with inadequate healthcare provision for a population often already in poor health. We also have an ageing custodial population, with many prisoners now in the age group at greatest risk of complications from Coronavirus. Many more prisoners will become seriously ill and die.