Glasgow dentist reports ten-fold increase in demand for implants after lockdown extractions

A LEADING dentist says he has seen a ten-fold increase in demand for implants amid fears that lockdown caused a spike in tooth extractions that might have been avoided.

Duncan Black, one of Scotland’s most experienced dental implantologists, said many patients are coming to him after having teeth – including front teeth – removed at emergency dental hubs which under normal circumstances dentists would have tried to save.

Mr Black, who is based at Halo Dental in Glasgow but treats patients from as far afield as Ayrshire and Lanarkshire and also runs an outreach clinic in Galashiels, said it is probably an inevitable consequence of lockdown.

He said: “People have not been able to access their usual dental care, that’s the crux of the matter.

“We were told by the Chief Dental Officer to leave the practices and not come back again, but no one thought it would be nearly three months before we came back.

“During that time we had to provide an emergency service.

“I don’t want to beat up on them [dental hubs] too much because it was scary times for everyone.

“Some people were in extreme pain.

“There was probably a lack of PPE available for normal dentistry to carry on so the hubs were the best solution, but yes, I think that due to Covid some people had teeth removed rather than, if they had been accessing normal care through their own dentist, attempts would have been made to save the tooth.

“I think that’s fair comment.”

CASE STUDY: Ayrshire man’s lockdown ordeal as rotten tooth has to be pulled out without anaesthetic

Mr Black’s practice, which is part of the Clyde Munro dental group, re-opened in mid-July and since then has seen ten times as many people requesting dental implants as they have in previous years, with most patients self-referring.

Implants are titanium screws which dentists attach directly to the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth root. A false tooth, such as a crown, can then be held securely in place.

Unlike dentures, which tend to last around five to 10 years, implants can last as long as natural teeth provided they are cared for properly.

However, they are more expensive. Mr Black said a single implant, without any other complications, will cost around £2000 in Glasgow.

The service is only available on a private basis, meaning NHS patients have to pay the full cost of the treatment.

Mr Black said: “Normally, if someone goes to their dentist and says ‘I have a problem with this tooth’ and the dentist takes and X-ray and concludes it’s unsalvageable, that they need an implant or whatever, they’d be sent along to us and we’d order everything for them so that they wouldn’t go without a front tooth.

“They’d have a temporary of some description.

“But because the dental labs weren’t open either during lockdown there wasn’t even a possibility for any sort of temporary provision to be made for people.

“So quite often they just had to

L.A. County reports 971 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: A couple in face masks walk down Cesar E. Chavez Blvd on Saturday morning in Los Angeles. Life around Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. and Soto St. has slow down as California officials extended stay-at-home orders into May and residents entered Easter weekend with unprecedented limits on their movements. Most of the people are adhering to the orders by mayor to wear masks while out running errands. Los Angeles, CA. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
A couple walk down Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 971 new coronavirus cases and three related deaths.

The number of new cases and deaths is usually lower on Sundays and Mondays because of laboratory reporting delays.

The county now has logged a total of 282,135 cases of the virus, and 6,771 people have died.

Officials continued to report encouraging signs of progress in the county’s fight against the virus.

There were 693 people with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in county hospitals as of Saturday, down from more than 2,200 at the peak of the crisis in mid-July.

L.A. County last week saw a slight uptick in the number of new coronavirus cases reported each day, on Wednesday reporting its highest daily count of infections since Aug. 22, but experts said it’s too early to say whether it represents the start of a larger surge in infections.

Even so, the percentage of tests that came back positive for the virus each day declined slightly over the course of the week, from a seven-day average of 3.2% Monday to 3% Sunday, officials said. The positivity rate, which helps officials determine whether more new cases are being identified because of increased transmission or because more people are being tested, has hovered around 3% for several weeks, officials said. In July, about 8% of tests were coming back positive.

The positivity rate is one of several metrics officials are keeping an eye on to gauge whether transmission of the virus is increasing and weigh whether more businesses should be allowed to reopen.

The state also recently created an equity metric that establishes specific positive case rate numbers that larger counties must meet in their poorer cities and neighborhoods.

L.A. County remains in the strictest tier of the state’s four-tier reopening system — Tier 1, or purple — because it continues to report more than 7 cases per 100,000 residents each day. That means that many nonessential businesses remain closed for indoor operations.

Officials have said they plan to proceed cautiously through the stages, directing business sectors to reopen slowly and in a staggered manner to avoid a surge in new infections that could threaten to overwhelm hospitals. Most recently, casino card rooms were permitted to resume outdoor operations Monday and indoor shopping malls were allowed to reopen at limited capacity Wednesday.

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Trump reports ‘no symptoms,’ returns to downplaying virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, said to be making progress in his recovery from COVID-19, tweeted his eagerness to return to the campaign trail even as the outbreak that has killed more than 210,000 Americans reached ever more widely into the upper echelons of the U.S. government.

As Trump convalesced out of sight in the White House on Tuesday, the administration defended the protections it has put in place to protect the staff working there to treat and support him. Trump again publicly played down the virus on Twitter after his return from a three-day hospitalization, though even more aides tested positive, including one of his closest advisers, Stephen Miller.

In one significant national coronavirus action, Trump declared there would be no action before the election on economic-stimulus legislation — an announcement that came not long after the Federal Reserve chairman said such help was essential for recovery with the nation reeling from the human and economic cost of the pandemic. Stocks fell on the White House news.

As for Trump’s own recovery, his doctor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, said in a letter that the president had a “restful” Monday night at the White House and “reports no symptoms.”

Meanwhile, Trump was grappling with next political steps exactly four weeks from Election Day. Anxious to project strength, Trump, who is still contagious with the virus, tweeted Tuesday that he was planning to attend next week’s debate with Democrat Joe Biden in Miami and “It will be great!”

Biden, for his part, said he and Trump “shouldn’t have a debate” as long as the president remains COVID positive.


Biden told reporters in Pennsylvania that he was “looking forward to being able to debate him” but said “we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.”

Elsewhere in the government, the scope of the outbreak was still being uncovered. On Tuesday, the nation’s top military leaders including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and the vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, were in quarantine after exposure to Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard.

It was not known how Ray contracted the virus, but he attended an event for military families at the White House on Sept. 27. The Coast Guard said in a statement that Ray felt mild symptoms over the weekend and was tested on Monday.

Also testing positive Tuesday was Miller, a top policy adviser and Trump speechwriter, who has been an architect of the president’s restrictive immigration measures.” Miller’s wife, Katie Miller, who serves as communications director to Vice President Mike Pence, had the virus earlier this year. She had been in Salt Lake City with Pence where he is preparing to debate Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, but she left as soon as she found out about her husband’s diagnosis, officials said. She tested negative on Tuesday.

Trump on Monday made clear that he has little intention of abiding by best containment practices when he removed his

Trump Reports ‘No Symptoms,’ Returns to Downplaying Virus | Washington, D.C. News

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, said to be making progress in his recovery from COVID-19, tweeted his eagerness to return to the campaign trail even as the outbreak that has killed more than 210,000 Americans reached ever more widely into the upper echelons of the U.S. government.

As Trump convalesced out of sight in the White House on Tuesday, the administration defended the protections it has put in place to protect the staff working there to treat and support him. Trump again publicly played down the virus on Twitter after his return from a three-day hospitalization, though even more aides tested positive, including one of his closest advisers, Stephen Miller.

In one significant national coronavirus action, Trump declared there would be no action before the election on economic-stimulus legislation — an announcement that came not long after the Federal Reserve chairman said such help was essential for recovery with the nation reeling from the human and economic cost of the pandemic. Stocks fell on the White House news.

As for Trump’s own recovery, his doctor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, said in a letter that the president had a “restful” Monday night at the White House and “reports no symptoms.”

Meanwhile, Trump was grappling with next political steps exactly four weeks from Election Day. Anxious to project strength, Trump, who is still contagious with the virus, tweeted Tuesday that he was planning to attend next week’s debate with Democrat Joe Biden in Miami and “It will be great!”

Biden, for his part, said he and Trump “shouldn’t have a debate” as long as the president remains COVID positive.

Biden told reporters in Pennsylvania that he was “looking forward to being able to debate him” but said “we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.”

Elsewhere in the government, the scope of the outbreak was still being uncovered. On Tuesday, the nation’s top military leaders including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and the vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, were in quarantine after exposure to Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard.

It was not known how Ray contracted the virus, but he attended an event for military families at the White House on Sept. 27. The Coast Guard said in a statement that Ray felt mild symptoms over the weekend and was tested on Monday.

Also testing positive Tuesday was Miller, a top policy adviser and Trump speechwriter, who has been an architect of the president’s restrictive immigration measures.” Miller’s wife, Katie Miller, who serves as communications director to Vice President Mike Pence, had the virus earlier this year. She had been in Salt Lake City with Pence where he is preparing to debate Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, but she left as soon as she found out about her husband’s diagnosis, officials said. She tested negative on Tuesday.

Trump on Monday made clear that he has little intention

Washington Reports 7 More Deaths, 387 New Coronavirus Cases

SEATTLE, WA — State health officials reported seven new deaths and 455 additional coronavirus cases in Washington on Tuesday, with the highest daily case counts in King, Spokane and Snohomish counties.

Per the latest available information, 90,663 patients have tested positive in the state since the crisis began, and 2,165 people have died from complications linked to COVID-19. At least 3,638 new illnesses have been confirmed in Washington over the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s case tracker.

Most Washington counties still show a rate of cases by population higher than the target threshold of 25 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days. At least 17 of the state’s counties remain in the highest transmission bracket, while 10 counties are in the moderate range.

As of Tuesday, health labs had processed more than 1.96 million tests in Washington since the public health crisis began.

Trump halts stimulus negotiations until after the election

In a series of tweets Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he ordered an end to negotiations for a new stimulus plan, as the Democrats sought a second wave of federal assisance, including fresh $1,200 payments and restoration of the weekly $600 in expanded unemployment benefits. Negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had been underway for days.

The Democrats’ latest plan was estimated at $2.4 trillion, which the White House rejected as too high. Earlier Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell had recommended more aggressive federal help to prevent a weak economic recovery. The stock market took a hit in the wake of Trump’s announcement and stayed down through the closing bell.

Inslee relaxes some restrictions on restaurants, movie theaters, libraries and more

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday adjusted restrictions for several industries, relaxing the rules for indoor dining, movie theaters, real estate, libraries and some sports.

“We wanted to do targeted things where we show how to do this in a safe way,” Inslee said in a news conference. “I think increasingly the way we need to think about this is not so much as prohibitions about what you can’t do, but adaptations to show how we can do something safely.”

Among the most notable changes are an elimination of the household requirement for indoor dining, and a slight increase in the permitted table size at restaurants. The state’s cutoff for serving alcohol will move from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Movie theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity in Phase 2 counties and 50 percent capacity in Phase 3. All guests will be required to maintain physical distance with people outside their household and wear face coverings at all times when not eating or drinking.

Under the new guidance, libraries will be allowed to operate similar to museums, permitting some indoor activity in phase 2 counties, with 25 percent capacity.

Adult and youth sports, including soccer, softball, tennis, flag football and lacrosse, could be allowed to resume depending on the specific

Maryland reports 501 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths as positivity rate rises for 10th straight day

Maryland officials reported 501 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus Monday and three new deaths associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Two of the people whose deaths were reported Monday were men and the other was a woman. One was in their 60s and the other two were in their 70s, according to state data.

Those additions bring the state to at least 127,791 infections and 3,817 deaths since the state began tracking the pandemic in March.

The number of people hospitalized increased by 18 to a total of 338, the state reported. Of those patients, 253 are in acute care, up 10 from Sunday, and 85 are in intensive care, eight more than the day before.

Maryland’s seven-day average positivity rate is 3.02%, state officials reported. The state’s positivity rate has risen for the past 10 straight days and surpassed 3% Sunday for the first time since Sept. 18.

Entering Monday, Maryland ranked 27th among states in cases per capita, 16th in deaths per capita, and 28th in testing per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center.

Hopkins, which calculates the positivity rate differently than the state health department, reports that Maryland’s rolling, seven-day positivity rate was 5.94% as of Sunday.

While Maryland uses the total number of tests conducted to determine the state’s positivity rate, Hopkins uses the people tested. That means individuals who are tested multiple times, regardless of their results, are counted only once in the university’s calculation.

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N.J. reports 637 new coronavirus cases, 1 new death. Rate of transmission rises for 7th consecutive day.

New Jersey reported 637 new coronavirus positive tests and one additional death on Sunday as the state’s rate of transmission climbed for the 7th consecutive day and has remained above the key benchmark indicating the outbreak is expanding for the past month.

Ocean County, a COVID-19 hotspot that has emerged in recent weeks, once again led the state with 150 new cases. Gov. Phil Murphy traveled to the county on Friday to discuss the ongoing outbreak there, which has been linked to Lakewood and its significant Orthodox Jewish community.

The statewide rate of transmission increased to 1.26, up from 1.24 a day earlier and marking a week of steady increases. The transmission rate was 1.11 last Sunday. Any number above 1 indicates that each new case, on average, is leading to at least one additional case and the outbreak is growing. The rate remains is now the highest it’s been since 1.32 on Aug. 5.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 across the state remained below 500 for the second day, with 480 patients across 71 hospitals.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the latest figures on social media. He did not reveal when the newly reported deaths occurred.

The update comes as the state continues an investigation into whether people were infected at a fundraiser President Donald Trump held at his Bedminster golf course Thursday, hours before he announced he tested positive for the virus. Everyone in attendance has been asked to self-quarantine and get tested, Murphy said. As many as 300 people attended the fundraiser, and some paid for a photo opportunity with the president.

Trump remained Sunday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where doctors say his condition is improving and he could be discharged by Monday.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tested positive for the virus on Friday, after spending time with Trump for the presidential debate on Tuesday and attending the formal nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Christie, who has asthma, was admitted to Morristown Medical Center in what he called a preventative measure Saturday afternoon.

Fellow New Jersey natives Kellyanne Conway, a former Trump advisor, and Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, have also tested positive for the virus.

New Jersey has reported a total of 208,202 COVID-19 cases out of more than 3.73 million tests administered in the nearly seven months since the state announced its first positive test March 4. That’s the eight most positive tests among American states.

The state of 9 million people has reported 16,136 deaths attributed to the virus in that time — 14,349 lab-confirmed and 1,787 considered probable. The state’s death toll is third highest in the U.S., after New York and Texas, which recently surpassed New Jersey. California is closely behind New Jersey, with 11 fewer deaths. The Garden State has the nation’s highest COVID-19 death rate per 100,000 residents.

New Jersey’s daily numbers have decreased dramatically over the summer after peaking in April, when officials routinely announced hundreds of new deaths

Navajo Nation reports 17 new cases, no deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation, which sprawls across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, reported 17 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths Saturday.

The total number of deaths related to the virus on the huge reservation remains at 558, and the total number of cases is now 10,421.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Doctor: Trump improving, but not ‘out of the woods’ yet

— Analysis: Trump faces credibility crisis over health scare

— Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused

— South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to waive some provisions in the international agreements that regulate intellectual property rights to speed up efforts to prevent, treat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Madrid has started its first day under a partial lockdown with police controlling travel in and out of the Spanish capital. The Madrid region has become Europe’s most critical hot spot in the second wave of the coronavirus.


— Pope Francis has traveled to the tomb of his nature-loving namesake to sign an encyclical laying out his vision of a post-COVID world built on solidarity, fraternity and care for the environment.

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NEW DELHI — India has registered 75,829 confirmed coronaviruses cases in the past 24 hours, a day after crossing 100,000 fatalities.

The Health Ministry raised India’s confirmed total to more than 6.5 million on Sunday and said at least 101,782 people have died of COVID-19.

India is still registering the highest number of daily cases globally but with the recovery rate at more than 83%, the number of those cured has surpassed 5.5 million, the Health Ministry said.

India also has the low fatality rate of 1.56%, which is nearly half the global one.

The Health Ministry credited the increased testing in the country for a sustained low death rate. India has conducted nearly 79 million tests so far, according to official data.

India is preparing to reopen cinemas and entertainment parks with limited capacity beginning Oct. 15, in an effort to revive the economy. Health experts warn the move has the potential for the virus to spread during the upcoming religious festival and winter season.

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MELBOURNE, Australia — The premier of Australia’s Victoria state has called on citizens to “stay the course” after large groups flooded beaches and parks at the weekend in defiance of strict lockdown regulations.

Victoria, emerging from a major winter spike in coronavirus cases, relaxed lockdown regulations last weekend but still allowed only five people from up to two households to congregate outside.

Many ignored those regulations on Saturday and crowded parks and beaches, causing Premier Daniel Andrews to remind Victorians not to be selfish and maintain social distancing. Victoria reported only 12 new coronavirus cases and one death Sunday, well down on the peaks of winter.

“We are so, so close,” Andrews said. “Let’s not any of us do anything

Washington Reports 609 Coronavirus Cases Saturday

SEATTLE — Officials reported 609 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus Saturday. No new deaths were reported, as the state no longer updates the death toll over the weekend.

Though 609 cases is significantly less than the nearly 700 new cases reported Friday, it does continue a recent trend of higher daily case counts than the state saw for most of September.

As of the latest report from the Washington state Department of Health, a total of 89,419 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in laboratories and 2,142 people have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, 1,922,956 coronavirus tests have been performed in Washington state. Over the past week, 3.3 percent of tests have come back positive, up from the same time last week. The state’s goal is to test widely enough that that number falls below 2 percent.

The state is not only pulling away from meeting that key metric, but is also losing ground on another important success metric: the number of coronavirus cases per every 100,000 residents. Over the past two weeks, Washington saw 75.5 new coronavirus cases per every 100,000 Washingtonians, up from around 70 last Saturday. The goal is to have fewer than 25.

Total coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths by county:

County

Confirmed Cases

Hospitalizations

Deaths

Adams

875

52

10

Asotin

126

13

3

Benton

4,656 (+29)

391 (+1)

132

Chelan

1,874 (+6)

76

16

Clallam

237 (+1)

7

1

Clark

3,429 (+41)

291

68

Columbia

14

3

1

Cowlitz

695 (+5)

43

7

Douglas

1,193 (+1)

60

9

Ferry

30

1

0

Franklin

4,374 (+23)

315

66

Garfield

13

0

0

Grant

3,027 (+12)

153

22

Grays Harbor

542 (+9)

38

10

Island

318 (+1)

37

12

Jefferson

72 (+1)

12 (+1)

0

King

22,916 (+167)

2,447 (+10)

767

Kitsap

1,262 (+8)

100 (+1)

14

Kittitas

553 (+1)

24

22

Klickitat

199 (+2)

11

3

Lewis

580 (+13)

44

5

Lincoln

60 (+2)

3

1

Mason

434 (+1)

23

7

Okanogan

1,057

47

10

Pacific

88 (+2)

8

3

Pend Oreille

77 (+6)

6

0

Pierce

8,247 (+67)

873 (+3)

207

San Juan

29

2

0

Skagit

1,124 (+5)

98

22

Skamania

65

6

1

Snohomish

7,122 (+39)

827 (+3)

212

Spokane

7,254 (+67)

510 (+3)

172

Stevens

193 (+4)

18 (+1)

3

Thurston

1,175 (+16)

110 (+1)

19

Wahkiakum

7 (+1)

0

0

Walla Walla

927 (+5)

54

5

Whatcom

1,384 (+7)

100

46

Whitman

1,374 (+26)

4 (+1)

0

Yakima

11,489 (+18)

797 (+1)

262 (-1)

Unassigned

328 (+23)

7

4 (+1)

Total

89,419 (+609)

7,611 (+25)

2,142

The above numbers are provided by the state Department of Health, and some numbers differ from the totals provided separately by county health agencies.

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The Latest: S. Korea Reports 64 Cases Amid Holiday Concerns | World News

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 64 new cases of the coronavirus, the fourth straight day its increase came below 100, possibly reflecting the fewer number of tests conducted during one of the biggest holidays of the year.

The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Sunday brought the national caseload to 24,091, including 421 deaths.

Thirty-eight of the new cases were reported from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, which has been at the center of a viral resurgence since August. Health workers have struggled to track transmissions tied to churches, hospitals, schools and offices.

Seventeen of the new cases were linked to international arrivals, mostly from other Asian countries such as the Philippines, India, and Bangladesh.

There are concerns that infections could rise in coming weeks because of increased travel during the five-day Chuseok harvest holiday that continues through Sunday.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Trump said to be improving but next 48 hours ‘critical’

— Trump’s diagnosis shows US vulnerability to the coronavirus

— Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused

— South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to waive some provisions in the international agreements that regulate intellectual property rights to speed up efforts to prevent, treat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Madrid has started its first day under a partial lockdown with police controlling travel in and out of the Spanish capital. The Madrid region has become Europe’s most critical hot spot in the second wave of the coronavirus.

— Pope Francis has traveled to the tomb of his nature-loving namesake to sign an encyclical laying out his vision of a post-COVID world built on solidarity, fraternity and care for the environment.

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SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico officials have reported 298 additional known COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, increasing the statewide totals to 30,296 cases with 890 deaths.

The additional cases reported Saturday included 75 in Bernalillo County, 67 in Dona Ana County, 32 in Chaves County, 22 in Lea County and 20 in Curry County.

The three deaths occurred one each in Bernalillo, Curry and Dona Ana counties and involving people in their 70s or 80s with underlying conditions.

PHOENIX — Numerous inmates say Arizona’s prison system has failed to provide necessary testing, supplies and treatment during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Arizona Republic reports that dozens of letters from inmates in recent months said the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry wasn’t protecting staff and inmates during the outbreak.

The Republic reports inmates’ letters describing fears and frustrations, asking for help while others provided graphic details in personal narratives of surviving the virus.

A department spokesperson denied many allegations by inmates, including that sick inmates weren’t tested. Department spokesperson Judy Keane also cited health and safety protocols announced during the pandemic.

LONDON — Britain has recorded 12,872 new coronavirus infections,