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jail outbreak 10 staff and 19 inmates test positive for coronavirus in Mountjoy prison


There has been an outbreak in Mountjoy prison

There has been an outbreak in Mountjoy prison

There has been an outbreak in Mountjoy prison

Almost 30 people, including 10 staff and 19 inmates have tested positive for Coronavirus in an outbreak of the disease at Mountjoy prison.

Sundayworld.com understands tests for the virus were carried out on both officers and inmates on Friday after a case of the virus was confirmed.

It’s understood that two individuals are currently hospitalised as a result of contracting the virus.

In a statement, the Irish Prison Service said: “Mountjoy Prison Outbreak Control Team (OCT) continues to oversee the appropriate actions to be taken to mitigate against further possible spread of the disease within the prisons.

“The Irish Prison Service is working closely with Public Health, HSE with regard to the management of the current outbreak including making arrangements for the mass testing of staff and prisoners in the Mountjoy and Dochas Prisons.

“To help prevent the spread of infection a strict regime has been introduced which may impact on access to video visits and phone calls in the short terms for prisoners in precautionary isolation however we are working to ensure that we can continue to facilitate family contact as far as possible.”

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