BID's Research and Policy Co-ordinator, Rudy Schulkind, writes for openDemocracy:
"On the 20 March the government asked pubs, restaurants, gyms and other social venues to close. Detention centres, however, are still running. Inside, people are unable to follow the government’s instructions to socially distance. Hygiene and ventilation is poor and cleaning products are scarce. I have heard deeply concerning first-hand accounts of this rapidly developing crisis."
BID are currently running a campaign to demand the release of all immigration detainees amid the public health crisis. As the COVID-19 threat intensifies we need your help to get people out of detention.
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