72 inmates, seven staff of Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail test coronavirus COVID-19 positive

72 inmates, seven staff of Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail test coronavirus COVID-19 positive

At least 72 inmates and 7 workers members of the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai have contracted coronavirus COVID-19 and they are going to be quarantined individually, stated Maharashtra jail authorities on Thursday. A complete of 200 samples had been collected and besides the 79, all different samples examined adverse. 

All positive inmates will he shifted to GT Hospital and St George hospital in guarded automobiles on Friday morning. All workers members discovered positive will probably be shifted individually.

So far, a complete of 79 individuals have been discovered positive and there’s a stir throughout the jail, whereas a crew of medical doctors from JJ Hospital has collected samples of 200 new inmates on Thursday.

Earlier, the state authorities had remoted eight prisons within the state together with the Arthur Road jail and ordered that no new particular person will probably be allowed to enter and people inside, together with jail workers, is not going to be allowed to depart jail in the course of the lockdown.

But regardless of the precautions, the 72 inmates had been discovered to have contracted coronavirus after coming in touch with a prepare dinner who had caught the an infection, information company PTI reported quoting Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. “These prisoners will be quarantined with the help of the Mumbai civic body,” he stated.

Deshmukh additionally stated that to forestall the unfold of the virus in jails, the state authorities had determined to launch on parole some 5,000 prisoners who’ve been sentenced to lower than seven years’ imprisonment, reported PTI.

The capability of Arthur Road Jail is just 800 inmates, however at current, there are greater than 2,500 prisoners on this jail.

Following the directive of the Supreme Court, a High Power Committee was shaped which directed that many inmates from this jail needs to be shifted to a different place and deconstructed it, however even this order was nonetheless not absolutely applied.

Complete lockdown is being adopted at Arthur Road Jail since April four underneath which neither new prisoners had been being taken in nor was there any look in any courtroom.

The first case was revealed when a 45-year-old undertrial prisoner’s well being deteriorated and he was taken to JJ Hospital for remedy, he was discovered positive within the coronavirus test. After this, the samples of about 150 different prisoners and a few safety personnel, who got here in touch with this prisoner, had been collected and the report got here out on Thursday.

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