Prisons and other places of detention pose a high-risk for the spread of COVID-19. Of particular concern is overcrowding and the resultant difficulties in maintaining social distance and practicing good hygiene. Governments worldwide, and in Africa, have implemented various measures to mitigate these risks. These have included measures inside prisons such as the regular decontamination of surfaces and increased access to medical treatment. It has also included restrictions on visits with people from outside the prison, and releasing lower risk prisoners from detention. Read more below on what guidelines exist for these groups and what measures various African countries have implemented.