On Monday, the UK death toll jumped to 335 as confirmed cases soared by 967 to 6,650.
Jails in England and Wales have been put on immediate lockdown with all visits cancelled, according to the union which represents prison officers.
The POA said it “praised the decision of the Secretary of State for Justice and the Director of Public Sector Prisons for their decision to place Prisons in England and Wales on immediate lockdown”.
According to the union, restrictions inside jails will mean:
Inmates generally being locked up but allowed to access showers, phones and exercise – with social distancing restrictions in place. Prisoners who carry out kitchen, cleaning and laundry work can continue. No social visits In a statement, the POA also claimed prisoners due at court “will be discharged to attend unless the courts service advise us otherwise”.
The Ministry of Justice has been contacted for comment.