17 persons test positive from within prisons

2021-01-17 at 13:11

Another 17 individuals from within prisons have tested positive for COVID-19 in PCR tests.

The Department of Prisons said the number includes 16 male inmates and one officer attached to prisons.

Accordingly the number of COVID-19 cases detected from within prisons in the country has risen to 4,310 following the confirmation of 17 more infections.

881 cases from the Welikada Prison, 863 from the Magazine Prison, 814 from the Mahara Prison, 429 from the Colombo Remand and 363 cases from the Negombo Prison have been confirmed thus far.

The Department added that 123 Prison officials and 3,945 inmates have recovered from COVID-19 while only nine officials and 223 inmates are currently undergoing treatment at dedicated facilities.