Coronavirus hits Turkish prisons with first inmate case reported

The first Turkish prisoner has allegedly tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. 

Ömer Turanlı, a Turkish lawyer, tweeted on Tuesday that a 70-year-old man at Ankara’s Sincan prison tested positive and “taken into intensive care.” 

The claim has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Turkish authorities, at time of writing. 

Turkey’s overcrowded, unhygienic prisons are a perfect breeding ground for the COVID-19 pandemic .