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37 inmates at Chiang Mai prison test positive for Covid-19

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At least 37 new inmates at Chiang Mai Central Prison have tested positive for Covid-19 in routine testing during the quarantine period for new inmates before they enter the general prison population. Provincial public health chief Jatchuchai Maeerat said the inmates who tested positive for the virus were sent to a field hospital at the prison in Chiang Mai’s Mae Taeng district.

The Chiang Mai public health office is now urging other prisons in the area, particularly the Chiang Mai Women Correctional Institution and the Fang District Prison, to follow similar protocols as the Central Prison to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among the general prison population and the staff, Jatchuchai says.

“We test new inmates after they have been monitored for symptoms during a 14-day quarantine and then sent to the inner zone… All infected prisoners are separated and sent to a field hospital within the prison.”

Since April 1, there have been 2,448 Covid-19 cases reported in Chiang Mai. So far, 134 patients have recovered and have been released from the hospital. The Chiang Mai public health department has 16,000 tablets of the antiviral medication Favipiravir. He says it’s enough to treat the patients in Chiang Mai.

Earlier this month, there was a Covid-19 outbreak at a prison in the southern province Narathawit. The outbreak prompted prison officials to cancel visits to contain the virus.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Malcolm Hughes

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    If you know anything about the conditions I’m surprised there’s only 37 inmate infected, well that’s what they admit to, especially if you see the cramped sleeping conditions where inmates sleep on the floor like spoons in a box. Don’t be fooled by the outside façade, window dressing, if you go inside, and I don’t mean the prison guided tour, but the real inside you’d be horrified.

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:41 am

    “If you know anything about the conditions I’m surprised there’s only 37 inmate infected, well that’s what they admit to, …”

    These are only “new inmates” who are quarantined before joining the main prison population.

    The “field hospital within the prison” seems the ideal place for those avoiding / refusing quarantine in a normal field hospital.

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