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02 April 2020 – Australia

"Detainees in immigration detention centre fear they will get coronavirus," AAP, 27 March 2020, (

1,100 Australian healthcare professionals have co-signed a letter to the Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, calling for all refugees and asylum seekers to immediately be released from immigration detention. “Failure to take action to release people seeking asylum and refugees from detention will not only put them at greater risk of infection and possibly death,” it stated. “It also risks placing a greater burden on wider Australian society and the health care system.”