Maharashtra jails report 2,012 COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

Updated: 22 September, 2020 08:02 IST | Vishal Singh | Mumbai

Of the total number of inmates who tested positive, 1,616 have already recovered; Pune's Yerawada Central Prison reports highest numer of cases

There were 182 inmates at Mumbai's Arthur Road jail who tested positive for COVID-19
There were 182 inmates at Mumbai's Arthur Road jail who tested positive for COVID-19

Of the total 14,261 prisoners tested for COVID-19 across jails in Maharashtra, 2012 have been found to be positive for the infection. Of them, 1,616 prisoners have already recovered and six have died of the disease. The highest number of positive cases has been reported at Pune's Yerawada Central Prison, where 259 inmates had tested positive. A total of 1,366 prisoners at the jail had undergone COVID-19 tests and 234 patients have already recovered.

The second highest number of positive cases was reported in Nagpur Central Prison, where 616 prisoners underwent tests and 219 of them were found to be positive. However, all of them have recovered. The total number of cases reported at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai was 182, but the number is under control now.

Read the recent updates about COVID-19 from the state and rest of India

The highest number of positive cases have been reported at Pune’s Yerawada Central Prison, with 259. File pics
The highest number of positive cases have been reported at Pune’s Yerawada Central Prison, with 259. File pics

According to sources, COVID-19 positive prisoners are kept in the quarantine wards of the prisons. Of the 2,509 prison staffers who underwent tests, 416 had tested positive. However, 360 of them have recovered while the rest are undergoing treatment.

A prison official said, "Doctors are available at prisons to check on the health of inmates. If someone is found to be symptomatic, a COVID-19 test is conducted, and if it comes out positive, then the prisoner is kept in the quarantine ward of the jail. However, if the condition worsens, then the inmate is shifted to a government hospital."

Speaking to mid-day, state prison ADG Sunil Ramanand said, "We usually set up a temporary prison in the area and keep the new inmates there for 14 days. We have also made changes in their diet by including protein-rich foods to boost immunity levels. We take good care of the COVID-positive prisoners and they are kept in a separate ward within the jail itself. Their body temperature, blood pressure and oxygen levels are checked everyday. We give them vitamin supplements as well. The prisoners are also made aware of the disease and the kind of cleanliness they should follow."

According to the jail administration, there were a total of 38,031 prisoners in state prisons, out of which 10,594 have been released. Some prisoners, who were involved in minor offences, have been given bail, some have been released on parole and some have been released on court orders.

416
No. of prison staffers who tested positive

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First Published: 22 September, 2020 07:32 IST

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