Officer at Seberang Perai jail tests positive for Covid-19

GEORGE TOWN: An officer at the Seberang Perai Prison in Jawi has tested positive for Covid-19, says Penang Prisons director Roslan Mohamed.

He said the patient was among 26 positive cases reported in the Jawi Prison Cluster on Saturday and was currently receiving treatment at Penang Hospital.

“This is the first case involving a prison officer after 53 inmates (in Seberang Perai Prison) tested positive.

“Upon receiving the officer’s result, the Health Ministry’s personnel conducted close contact screening and we are still waiting for the result.

“The prison is monitoring the situation closely and we have yet to identify the officer’s cause of infection,” he said yesterday.

He added that all 53 inmates infected with Covid-19 were undergoing treatment in the prison and reported to be in stable condition.

Meanwhile, Roslan said that all 160 new Covid-19 cases at Penang Remand Prison, which were reported on Saturday, only involved inmates and no officer was infected so far.

“There has been a spike of cases in the prison and we have tightened the standard operating procedure to tackle the situation.

“For the time being, the facilities at the treatment centre in the prison are adequate for all patients,” he said. — Bernama

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