Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

First Orange County inmate tests positive for coronavirus

First Orange County inmate tests positive for coronavirus

MP Buckland said that he might have to consider the option of releasing a number of prisoners earlier so they could alleviate pressure.

All prisoners would be checked for high body temperature before entering the prison and would be isolated if any COVID-19 symptoms were identified, the officials said.

Among the coalition's requests are the release of people jailed for misdemeanors, as well as people in prisons who are over the age of 50 or have been in prison for more than 25 years.

The confirmed cases were in nine prisons although more jails are suspected to have had cases.

Mr Buckland said more tests for the virus were needed in prisons, and more personal protective equipment (PPE) was needed for staff.

Presently, the prison houses around 1,200 inmates.

The news comes as all inmates in Wales and England are placed on immediate lockdown with all visits being canceled.

Outside visitors, group activities and education classes have all been banned and inmates have been confined to their cells for 23 hours a day.

The Jail Officer Affiliation (POA) stated prisoners will exclusively be allowed out of their cells to entry showers, telephones and train - with social distancing restrictions in place. Those who carry out kitchen, cleaning and laundry work will be allowed to continue.

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The visits will not restarts for at least 21 days as prisons are establishing new long-term safety arrangements.

POA, the union which represents prison officers, praised the decision to place prisons on immediate lockdown.

The new measures were announced yesterday.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said 55 prisons across England and Wales would be given 900 phones to allow prisoners to stay in touch with family members during the ban.

The Ministry added, "This is while we ensure safe and secure functioning of our prisons while enforcing social distancing".

"If you have a visit booked today, please do not attend".

According to the latest Department of Health figures, there are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom - although the actual number cases is likely to be far higher.

In the United Kingdom, 8,077 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus.

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