COVID-19 outbreak: Kerala jails to set up isolation cells for suspected coronavirus-infected inmates

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of six positive Covid-19 cases reported from Kerala, the state's Director General of Prisons Rishi Raj Singh has issued a directive to set up isolation cells in the jails across the state. 

 

As per the DG's directions, prisoners with symptoms like fever and cold will be moved to the isolation rooms. 

As per the report, the new inmates will be admitted to the jail and lodged for six days in specially set up rooms in the admission block.

The directive also tells the jail authorities to lodge the prisoners, who come back after parole in a separate room in the admission block. 

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Monday said that the administration has strengthened surveillance after six persons tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier, Centre had suspended visas and e-visas granted on or before March 3 to people travelling from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan, effective immediately, after a surge in cases of Covid-19 in these countries.

The deadly coronavirus has caused deaths of over 3300 people globally and the total number of persons tested positive for COVID-19 in India is 44 now.

With inputs from Agency

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