Tihar Jail reports first COVID-19 case as 45-year-old officer tests positive

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: May 25, 2020, 08:05 AM(IST)

Tihar Jail. Photograph:( AFP )

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While five others, including two other jail staffers, who also came in contact, have been sent on home quarantine while three inmates have been kept in an isolation barrack, senior jail officials said.

Tihar Jail reported its first coronavirus case after a 45-year assistant superintendent tested positive for the infection on Sunday, news agency PTI reported quoting jail officials.

As the official was tested positive his contact tracing was done by jail authorities and it was found that one jail staffer, who is said to have been in close contact with the infected jail staffer, has been tested for COVID-19 but his results are awaited and he was sent for home quarantine, the report said quoting jail officials.

While five others, including two other jail staffers, who also came in contact, have been sent on home quarantine while three inmates have been kept in an isolation barrack, senior jail officials said.

As a precautionary measure, the infected official's nine neighbours, who also work at different Delhi jails, have been asked to quarantine themselves and not to attend duties even though none of them came in contact with him, they said.

All the men are presently asymptomatic and authorities will keep a check on their medical condition, they added.

Till date, 18 people from Rohini Jail have tested positive for COVID-19 while another case was also reported from Mandoli Jail after a deputy superintendent tested positive last week. 
 

(With inputs from PTI)

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