UPDATED: First UK prisoner dies of Covid-19

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An 84-year-old man has become the first British prisoner to die after contracting coronavirus.

The inmate, at HMP Littlehey, a category C male sex offenders’ prison in Cambridgeshire, died in hospital on Sunday. He reportedly had underlying health issues.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “An 84-year-old prisoner at HMP Littlehey died in hospital on 22 March. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

“As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the prisons and probation ombudsman.”

Hours later a  second serving UK prisoner has died after contracting coronavirus, a Prison Service spokesperson has said.
The 66-year-old man, who was serving at HMP Manchester, died in hospital on March 26.
He had been receiving end-of-life care for an underlying condition before he tested positive for Covid-19.



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