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Coronavirus outbreak hits Strangeways Prison as cases in the area increase by more than 100 per cent

five wings of Forest Bank prison in Salford are in lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak.That outbreak disrupted proceedings at Manchester Crown Court with one high-profile trial and two sentencing hearings having to be postponed due to defendants not being produced from Forest Bank due to the lockdown.The latest data from the Ministry of Justice shows that there were 846 positive Covid-19 cases among adult prisoners for the week ending 15 February in the UK, down from 1,005 the week before.The government says it took 'drastic' measures to prevent fears of a major death toll in prisons during the pandemic, including restricting activity outside cells to less than an hour a day.During the first national lockdown last year, prisoners claimed.

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