Nearly 3,000 Thai prisoners and prison guards are infected with nCoV

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Nearly 3,000 Thai prisoners and prison guards are infected with nCoV 2
Nearly 3,000 Thai prisoners and prison guards are infected with nCoV 2

`We have tested 100% of prison guards and prisoners and detected nCoV infections in prisons, with the Central Women’s Correctional Institute recording 1,040 cases and Bangkok Remand Prison recording 1,795 cases.`

All of these infections are being treated at the field hospital of the Thai Department of Corrections.

Prisoners infected with Covid-19 in Thailand sit inside a field hospital established at the Correctional Medical Institute in Bangkok on May 8.

The move came after a number of political activists tested positive for nCoV during or after being detained awaiting trial.

`The day before my release, I learned that more than 50 inmates at the facility were infected with the virus and I think many people at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution, as well as other prisons, were infected,` she said.

In addition to Panusaya, political activist Arnon Nampa also tested positive for nCoV.

According to the Department of Corrections, Covid-19 spread in prisons may originate from the immediate placement of new prisoners into cells when old prisoners are brought to court.

Thailand is fighting a third wave of Covid-19, spread from clusters at nightclubs, concerts and parties last month.

Earlier this week, Thailand discovered its first case of infection with the Indian variant.

After a recent spike in infections, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has pushed to buy more Covid-19 vaccines, with the goal of vaccinating 70% of the population, equivalent to 50 million people, this year.

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