Rapist Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus just four days into 23-year jail term

Harvey Weinstein was recently sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault (PA Images)
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Disgraced film producer and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus just four days after beginning his 23-year sentence in a New York prison.

The president of the state's correctional office, Michael Powers, confirmed that the 68 year-old had been put in isolation along with a number of staff at the facility.

On March 11, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in jail for sexually assaulting a former production assistant Miriam Haley and the rape of another woman.

On Sunday night, Imran Ansari, a lawyer representing Weinstein, admitted he was not aware of the positive test but was concerned if that was the case.

Ansari said: “Given Mr Weinstein’s state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation."

More than 35,000 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the United States, with a total of 458 deaths.

New York has been the worst hit state by far, with nearly 17,000 recorded cases, 15,000 more than in any other state.

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Globally, there have been 342,000 positive tests and 14,700 deaths.