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77 inmates, 26 officials test positive for coronavirus in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail


The fresh infections have been reported a day after a 45-year-old inmate, facing charges under the narcotics act, tested positive for the novel virus.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • As many as 77 inmates and 26 staff members in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail have tested positive for Covid-19
  • The fresh infections have been reported a day after a 45-year-old inmate tested positive
  • After the report of one positive case in the jail on Wednesday, tests were conducted on all the inmates and staffers

As many as 77 inmates and 26 staff members in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail have tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. Most of them are asymptomatic.

The fresh infections have been reported a day after a 45-year-old inmate, facing charges under the narcotics act, tested positive for the novel virus.

After the report of one positive case in the jail on Wednesday, tests were conducted on all the inmates and staffers. Their results came on Thursday, in which, 77 inmates and 26 staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh also confirmed that 77 jail inmates and 26 jail officials have tested positive for coronavirus.

Deshmukh said that a coronavirus patient was found in one of the barracks of the jail after which all the inmates and jail officials of that barrack were tested. The test results came on Thursday, in which, 77 jail inmates and 26 jail officials were reported to have tested positive for coronavirus, Deshmukh said.

“Testing was done for two days. After two days of testing, the results are out and a total of 77 jail inmates and 26 jail officials have tested positive for coronavirus. Now, a total of 103 people inside the Arthur Road jail have tested positive,” Deshmukh said.

All positive inmates will be shifted to GT Hospital and St George Hospital in guarded vehicles on Friday morning, while, staff members will be shifted separately.

Arthur Road jail is the oldest prison in Mumbai and is located opposite the Kasturba Hospital – nodal hospital in for Covid treatment in Mumbai. The jail houses 2,800 undertrials, however, with a capacity of only 800, social distancing becomes difficult in the prison.

Yes Bank co-founder Rana Kapoor is also lodged in the Arthur Road jail currently.

After 72 inmates and 26 staffers testing positive for coronavirus, around 200 more swabs have been collected.

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