WASHINGTON – As the number of coronavirus infections in Russia increases exponentially, Paul Whelan’s family is more terrified than ever about his fate.

The 50-year-old Michigan man has already spent more than 16 months in a Moscow prison on espionage charges amid escalating concerns about his physical and mental health.

Now, Whelan and other Americans detained by hostile governments face a new threat, as prisons around the world become breeding grounds for COVID-19.

“You think, ‘Well, it can’t really get any worse’ … and then the pandemic comes,” said David Whelan, Paul’s twin brother.

“From what we understand, the PPE (personal protective equipment) that prisoners are given is a face mask and an onion a day. I guess the onion is for vitamin C or something,” David Whelan said.

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