Number of coronavirus positive patients in the Central Jail in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city has jumped to 19 with 9 more prisoners being tested positive on Tuesday. Out of these, 17 are inmates while two are guards of the jail, said prison superintendent Rakesh Kumar Bhangre.
“Out of the 124 prisoners, who were already kept at a temporary jail located far from the Central Jail campus after they showed symptoms similar to coronavirus, nine have tested positive for the disease,” the official was quoted as saying by news reports.
According to Kumar, 124 prisoners were kept in a temporary jail away from the Central Jail campus after they developed coronavirus symptoms. Out of them, 9 have been tested positive.
Earlier, 10 people were tested positive for the deadly infection in the last fortnight.
They all were lodged in the barrack with 58-year-old prisoner, who tested positive for COVID-19 on 14 April after his arrest.
The man and his 25-year-old son was arrested for pelting stones at a police in Chandan Nagar locality of Indore on April 7. The son was under the National Security Act (NSA) and sent to the Jabalpur central jail. He was tested positive for coronavirus four days later.
The father, who was lodged in Indore Central Jail, was also admitted to a hospital where his report came positive on April 14.
Jail authorities are now screening all the prisoners daily. “Those having flu-like symptoms or fever are being quarantined,” the official said. There are over 2,000 prisoners lodged in the jail against its capacity of 1,230, an official said.