Thousands of inmates infected

Thousands of inmates infected

Panusaya: Caught the virus
Panusaya: Caught the virus

Nearly 3,000 inmates at Bangkok's two main prisons have been found to be infected with Covid-19.

The 2,835 infections were revealed on Wednesday after democracy activist Panusaya Sithijirawatta­nakul said that she had contracted the virus. She said that many inmates have infections.

Ms Panusaya was released on bail on May 6 after being held for 59 days at the Central Women's Correctional Institution.

Mass testing on prison officials and inmates had found 1,795 prisoners at Bangkok Remand Prison and 1,040 at the Central Women's Correctional Institution to be infected with the coronavirus.

Most of them were being treated at the field hospitals set up outside the two prisons or at the Corrections Hospital, an official said, while those in a more serious condition had been admitted to outside hospitals.

"We also plan to inoculate all detainees. We are just waiting for an allocation of vaccines from the relevant agencies," the official added.

New inmates were being placed in quarantine for at least 21 days and had to provide two negative tests before being moved to the usual wing, he said.

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Vocabulary

  • activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม
  • allocation: an amount or share of something that is given to someone - การแบ่งส่วน
  • bail: money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money  - เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
  • correctional institution: prison, jail -
  • democracy (noun): a system of government in which all the people of a country can vote to elect their representatives - การปกครองแบบประชาธิปไตย
  • detainee: someone who is kept in prison - ผู้ที่ถูกกักขัง คุมขัง
  • field hospital (noun): a temporary hospital, e.g. near a battlefield, a natural disaster, etc. -
  • inmate: someone who is kept in a prison, mental hospital or other institution - ผู้ถูกกักกัน, ผู้ถูกกักบริเวณในเรือนจำหรือโรงพยาบาล
  • inoculate: to treat a person or animal with a vaccine to produce immunity against a disease -
  • prison: a place where criminals are put to stay for a period of time as punishment for a crime - คุก, ,เรือนจำ
  • serious (adj): (of a problem) very bad -
  • vaccinate: to give someone a vaccine, usually by injection (putting a liquid, especially a drug, into a person's body using a needle and a syringe), to prevent them from getting a disease - ฉีดวัคซีน
  • wing: one of the parts of a large building that sticks out from the main part - ปีกอาคาร
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