Assam: 31 jails hit by COVID-19, 1300 prisoners infected


GUWAHATI: COVID-19 infection has taken a serious turn in the prisons in Assam as many of the inmates have been found positive for the infectious disease. Among the total 8819 prisoners of the state, around 1300 inmates have been found Coronavirus positive.

“The number of total prisoners in Assam is 8819. Testing is being done in every jail. So far, 8517 COVID-19 tests have been conducted. Among them 1295 inmates have been found positive. After the treatment, 593 prisoners have recovered,” said Dasarath Das, inspector general (IG) of prisons.

At some of the prisons including Guwahati Central Jail, COVID-19 Care Centres have been set up to treat the asymptomatic patients. The COVID-19 Care Centre at Guwahati Central Jail can house 200 patients.

Special arrangements have been made for the prisoners at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Singimari Model Hospital, Sonapur Civil Hospital and other hospitals of the state.

“The new prisoners are admitted to the jails if they test negative in rapid tests. If their results turn positive, they are directly sent to the hospitals. Masks, soaps and sanitizers are being provided to all the prisoners” Das said.