According to reports given to “No to Prison – No to Execution”, two prisoners died due to coronavirus in the labor ward of Dastgerd Prison in Isfahan on May 10 or 11, 2020. The reason of the coronavirus outbreak in prisons and fatalities is the government’s mismanagement and incapability to control it.
The prisoners are deprived of basic sanitary supplies. Other inmates had already reported the victims’ critical condition to prison officials, but no action was taken.
In our news published in May 3, 2020, the quarantine ward of Isfahan Prison was deconstructed which leads to freshly arrived inmates to enter the prison without being isolated first. Previously, a temporary detention center for new prisoners where more than 370 prisoners were being held was set up to prevent the coronavirus from being transferred to Isfahan’s Dastgerd prison.
However, on May 3, 2020, following Hassan Rouhani’s order to reopen work and send people to their death, judicial officials dissolved the detention center and transferred prisoners with eight buses to Isfahan Central Prison. It was obvious that this would lead to other prisoners’ infection.
The coronavirus epidemic is on the rise in prisons, and the COVID19 fatalities have risen in many prisons.
On May 5, 2020, Arash Najimi, spokesman for Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, told Imena news: “In the past 24 hours, 111 new cases of patients suspected of having coronavirus were hospitalized.”
What is clear is that human beings, both in and outside of prisons, are imprisoned by the Islamic Republic’s fascist government, and that their lives are of no value to this regime. According to government officials, COVID19 fatalities are up to 20 times higher than what the official numbers state.