Number Of Prison Staff With Coronavirus Higher Than First Thought

The figures account for the total number of confirmed cases, including people who have recovered

The number of prison staff who have tested positive for coronavirus is higher than first thought after officials found a “more robust way” of recording cases.

A total of 873 prison staff had tested positive for coronavirus in 104 jails as of 1pm on Tuesday, as well as 24 prisoner escort and custody service staff.

Some 445 prisoners have also contracted Covid-19 in 77 prisons.

The last available figures, as of 5pm on Thursday, showed 575 prison staff were recorded as testing positive for coronavirus in 77 prisons.

The Ministry of Justice said the trend of cases still remained the same and the number continues to fall.

Published:26/05/2020 by Radio NewsHub