A total of 38 prisoners have been infected with the novel coronavirus in the Nagyfa facility of the Szeged Strict and Medium Regime Prison, RTL News reports.
Hungary’s prison service directorate (BvOP) confirmed to RTL News that 19 people were found to be infected with the novel coronavirus in the Nagyfa penitentiary. Since then, inmates have already been transferred to the Central Hospital of the Prison Service in Tököl, where they have been quarantined.
Today, however, the number of confirmed cases has reached 38, all of them asymptomatic and well. Following the infections, the entire prison building and all equipment had to be disinfected.
According to the report, the virus was likely brought in from an outdoor work area by the prisoners.
BvOP assured RTL News that they are taking all necessary measures, and are in continuous consultation with the epidemiological authorities to prevent further infections.
Due to the epidemic, prisons were ordered to suspend temporary leave for inmates in March and visitation rules were also tightened, including a ban on physical contact during one-on-one meetings, and detainee meetings with foreign relatives were placed under special supervision.
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