20 prisoners test positive for Covid-19, 8 have recovered

Miguela Xuereb

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20 inmates at the Corradino Correctional Facility have tested positive for Covid-19 to date, of which 8 have since made a recovery, Newsbook.com.mt is informed.

A Home Affairs Ministry spokesperson confirmed that the prisoners who have tested positive for Covid-19 are being kept at the prison’s maximum security facility, Division 6. Though prisoners are generally sent to the division as a punitive measure – such as solitary confinement – it has been repurposed as a quarantine facility in the midst of the pandemic.

The division is also being used to hold new inmates before the necessary tests are carried out.

The spokesperson added that all positive cases were inmates who had recently entered the prison, adding that their health was being safeguarded by the prison’s medical team.