Prisoners approaching the end of their sentences are released to avoid the possibility of a surge in COVID-19 infection in overcrowded prisons in Depok, near Jakarta, Indonesia, April 2, 2020 [File: Asprilla Dwi Adha/Antara Foto/via Reuters]

Manado, Indonesia – A riot in a prison in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province where at least one guard is reportedly exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms has highlighted the risk posed by the coronavirus the Southeast Asian nation’s 524 overcrowded jails.

On Saturday afternoon, the inmates of Tuminting Prison in the city of Manado went on a rampage and set fire to buildings. Hundreds of police and soldiers later stormed the jail with live rounds being fired and at least one inmate shot in the chest, according to a source at

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