GEORGE TOWN: A Penang Remand Prison inmate has tested positive for Covid-19, says a lawyer.
As a result of that, all prisoners at the facility and the one in Jawi will not be produced in court, according to the lawyer who requests anonymity.
He said the latest instruction came after they were informed of the positive case on Monday (Oct 5).
"After we were informed about the case, we were told that prisoners from both the prisons will not be brought to court for the time being.
"I am worried because I have clients there but since the movement control order (MCO) started, visitation has been different as we speak to our clients through a phone separated by a glass window between us," he said, adding that the remand prison has a capacity for 1,100 inmates.
A separate source from inside the prison said they could not comment as they were in the midst of having a meeting and would have to discuss the matter with the state Health Department.
In a report published by The Star in October 2019, the 170-year-old Penang Remand Prison is said to be overcrowded and struggling to accommodate 1,600 inmates housed there.
The Penang Remand Prison is the third prison to be hit with the coronavirus after Tawau in Sabah and Alor Setar, Kedah.
On Monday, the Alor Setar Prison in Kedah was placed under targeted enhanced MCO for 14 days following a rise in Covid-19 infections there.
The targeted enhanced MCO imposed on Tawau Prison from Sept 11 to 25 was extended from Sept 26 to Oct 9, due to double-digit cases it recorded.