Covid-19: Bentong Prison staff, family members in quarantine

KUANTAN (Bernama): All staff members of the Bentong Prison and their family members are to be quarantined until the Covid-19 screening process is done with.

The Pahang disaster management committee said that this is after health authorities identified the Tembok Mempaga cluster on Tuesday (Dec 29).

The committee added that the move was necessary to ensure there were no transmissions within the local community.

"The Bentong district disaster management committee will ensure that the welfare and the daily needs of prison staff and their family are taken care of, ” the committee said in a statement on Wednesday (Dec 30).

Transmission risk is low for now as the cluster only involved detainees, the statement said.

It also said that many prisons in the Peninsula were unable to take in detainees as the moment as they were located in areas under the enhanced MCO.

As such, those in the Klang Valley, including Petaling Jaya in Selangor, a red zone, had to be sent to transit centres for detainees or the Bentong Prison, the statement read.

On Tuesday, Pahang recorded 288 positive cases, of which 282 cases were infections among close contacts of a new detainee transferred to the Bentong prison.- Bernama

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