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Napier barracks staff feared asylum seekers might die from Covid

Some residents at Kent facility were known to have health conditions but others had not been screened * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage Staff at Home Office barracks accommodation feared that some asylum seekers placed there might die during the mass Covid outbreak earlier this year, the Guardian has learned. Meeting notes released following a freedom of information request to Kent county council reveal that public health officials and those working at the barracks were concerned about asylum seekers with serious health conditions such as leukaemia, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, liver or kidney disease and malnutrition as well as those who had survived torture, had PTSD, were on hunger strike or had been put on suicide watch. Continue reading...

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