Officials said on Tuesday that 66 inmates and 48 staff members from three Delhi jails had tested positive for COVID-19. “None of those who have been infected are in any danger. We are taking all necessary COVID-19 precautions “Sandeep Goel, Director General of Delhi Prisons, stated.
Until Monday, 66 inmates — 42 in Tihar and 24 in Mandoli — had tested positive for COVID-19, according to data shared by the jail authorities.
Thirty-four of the 48 infected employees are from Tihar, six from Rohini, and eight from Mandoli. Prison dispensaries have been converted into Covid Care Centres as part of the steps taken to contain the spread of the viral disease in the Tihar, Mandoli, and Rohini jail complexes.
According to officials, an oxygen plant in Tihar will be operational soon. According to them, many medical isolation cells have been set up for inmates who have mild COVID-19 symptoms.
Those who test positive but show no signs or symptoms will be held in separate isolation cells within the same jail. Covid health centres have been established in the 120-bed hospital in Tihar and the 48-bed facility in Mandoli.
Covid health centres have been established in the 120-bed hospital in Tihar and the 48-bed facility in Mandoli. Four committees have been formed to look after the infected inmates and staffers, according to the jail administration.
To the extent possible, social distancing between staff and inmates is observed. According to officials, inmates are mostly restricted to their wards, and awareness programmes about following Covid norms are held on a regular basis.
As of January 7, a total of 18,528 inmates were housed in Delhi Prisons’ three jails. Tihar has the most inmates with 12,669, followed by Mandoli with 4,018 and Rohini with 1,841.