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An inmate has died of the novel coronavirus in Silivri Prison, Istanbul’s Bakırköy Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on May 22.

The inmate was suffering from “chronic lung diseases such as tuberculosis” and was dispatched to a hospital on May 8. The inmate lost his life at 5.45 p.m. on May 21 while being treated in intensive care unit, the prosecutors said.

The prosecutor’s office also said that the number of inmates infected with the virus in Silivri Prison increased to 82 and all of the patients were in good health.

“Of these, 72 arrestees/convicts who have not displayed any symptoms are being treated in an isolated section under the supervision of a doctor, whereas 10 are being treated at health institutions. Their families have been notified of their treatment process,” the prosecutor’s office said.

The prosecutors had said on May 8 that the number of inmates infected with the virus in Silivri Prison stood at 44.

Human rights activists and opposition politicians have been calling for a prisoner release amid the coronavirus outbreak since inmates are vulnerable against the virus due to the overcrowding in jails.

They have also been reporting lack of coronavirus measures and cleaning supplies in prisons.

A prisoner release bill was passed in parliament last month, but it was criticized for excluding journalists and those serving over political charges – mainly opponents of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).