To date 11 CCF officers have contracted Covid-19 – Camilleri

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Eleven correctional officers have tested positive for coronavirus, since the virus reached the islands.

The information was tabled in parliament by Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in a reply to a question by Shadow Home Affairs Minister Beppe Fenech Adami.

In his reply, the home affairs minister said that at present there all correctional officers have tested negative.

To date, 856 swab tests have been carried out among the inmate population, out of which one has tested positive for coronavirus.

On Monday, Newsbook.com.mt reported that an Egyptian national who was remanded in custody after being arrested recently tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the Home Affairs Ministry explained that every person is kept in self-isolation due to coronavirus upon entry. Staff members and correctional officers have to wear personal protective equipment according to the protocols prepared by the health authorities.

In a reply to Fenech Adami’s question, Camilleri said that there are total of 185 prison cells each hosting more than one inmate. There are sixteen cells where more than two detainees are held.

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