- Several prison officers have already been quarantined, whom lack proper equipment to protect themselves from the deadly virus.
- Two other inmates have also been infected.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned gatherings of more than two people, except among work and families.
Convicted rapist and former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The information was made public by the president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Michael Powers. On March 11, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault, and was subsequently sentenced to 23 years in prison.
According to Powers, the 68-year-old Weinstein is being held in solitary confinement in the top-security Wende Correctional Facility east of the city of Buffalo, in New York. Powers now fears for the prison guards, whom, according to him, lack proper equipment to protect themselves from the deadly virus. Several prison officers have already been quarantined.
Weinstein was found guilty of having sexually assaulted former production assistant Mimi Haley, and of raping actor Jessica Mann. Following the verdict, Weinstein was admitted to a Manhattan hospital in New York City for heart problems. In addition, Weinstein suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, says his spokesman Juda Engelmayer.
Two Other Inmates Also Infected
A lawyer for the former movie producer, Imran Ansari, said Sunday night that the former celebrity movie producer’s legal team had not been informed of their client’s coronavirus diagnosis. “Given Mr Weinstein’s state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation,”he said. In addition to Weinstein, two other inmates tested positive for the virus that has since spread across the entire world.
Harvey Weinstein’s verdict was hailed among some as a victory for the entire #MeToo movement fighting sexual assaults committed by powerful men. Over 100 women came forward and accused Weinstein of decades of sexual assault. Weinstein nonetheless maintains that he is innocent, and claims that all the sexual acts were with consent.
Weinstein won an Oscar for producing “Shakespeare in Love” and is behind critically acclaimed films such as “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient,” and “Gangs of New York.”
Germany Bans Assemblies of More than Two People
Elsewhere, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has intensified the fight against coronavirus in the country, going by her recent announcement that assemblies of more than two people are now forbidden in the country. However, the so-called contact ban does not apply to workplaces and families. At least 24,714 people are now registered as infected with coronavirus in Germany and 92 have so far died from the disease caused by the infection, Covid-19.
“The coronavirus is spreading at an alarming rate, and citizens must minimize all contact,” Merkel said, while making the announcement at a press conference. “Our own behavior,” she said, “is currently the most effective antidote we have: to reduce public life as much as is possible, to reduce contact with people through whom the virus could be transmitted.” She added, “in short, that’s how we save lives.”
Merkel herself is a trained scientist, and she has since won wide praise for her calm and transparency during the crisis. According to the new measures, restaurants that were still operational must now be closed untill further notice. However, picking up take away foodstuffs is still allowed. Hairdressers, masseurs, and other similar businesses have also been ordered to shut down untill further notice.