Over 80 prisoners in Punjab jails test positive for COVID-19, raise concerns of spread

Over 80 prisoners in Punjab jails test positive for COVID-19, raise concerns of spread

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LAHORE: Serious concerns were raised in Punjab after nearly 89 prisoners tested positive for COVID-19 in four jails on Tuesday, as the province was already in the lead with 2,850 cases of the virus.

The test results of other prisoners have not been announced.

At least 59 inmates in Lahore Camp Prison or Lahore District Prison were positive for the virus, while 14, 7 and 9 were diagnosed with the new coronavirus in Sialkot, Gujranwala and Dera Ghazi Khan .

A report of 438 of the 527 prisoners tested in the prison camp has been released. Among them, 379 people had a negative reaction to the virus.

The remaining 1,500 prisoners were transferred to other prisons in the city.

The prison camp reported the first case of coronavirus, when a prisoner who traveled from Italy to Lahore and was arrested in a drug case was tested positive on March 21.

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