New cases still found in prisons

New cases still found in prisons

Another 1,228 inmates at 14 prisons across the country have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the deputy Corrections Department chief said yesterday.

Another 2,054 infected prisoners have fully recovered while 16,319 are undergoing treatment in prison facilities, deputy director-general Veerakit Harnpariyan added.

He also responded to social media reports saying that a man recently released from Bangkok Remand Prison, where he became infected with the virus, had been found dead on a footpath on Wednesday.

Dr Veerakit said the man underwent Covid-19 testing at the Corrections Department hospital before being freed. On May 9, the test result showed that he was infected. The inmate was classified in the "green'' category or asymptomatic, he said.

The prison had sent him, along with three other infected inmates due to be freed on May 11, to seek treatment at public health facilities in accordance with patient treatment procedures before they were released from jail, added the deputy director-general, who is also spokesman of the department's command centre tackling the spread of Covid-19.

He said all prisons must test all inmates before their release, whether they have served their sentences, are being temporarily released or freed on suspended jail terms.

In Bangkok and other at-risk areas, prison authorities must send the names of inmates and the dates of their release to public health offices at least five days before they are freed.

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