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British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether there are confirmed cases of British prisoners abroad who have contracted covid-19.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress his Department has made in contacting British citizens who are in prison in regions or countries where there has been a covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are in contact with the local authorities in countries which have confirmed outbreaks of Covid-19. We are concerned about reports of British nationals detained overseas who have been suspected to have Covid-19. Protecting British citizens at home and abroad is a top priority for this government. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is monitoring coronavirus throughout the world closely through its diplomatic network and consular officials continue to provide consular assistance to British nationals in detention overseas, including in countries which have reported cases of Covid-19.

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