The three, according to the police, were in among a group of 10 who were being prepared for transfer to the Tamale prisons when a pre-departure COVID-19 test was conducted on them and the result confirmed the three as positive cases.
N/E Region: Massive contact tracing begins in Walewale after 3 prisoners test positive for Covid-19
The North East Regional Police has confirmed that three persons in police custody in Walewale in the region have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
They have since been quarantined in new police cells.
The North East Regional Police Crime Officer, Superintendent Reuben Dugah who confirmed this to Accra based Daily Graphic said the inmates were responding to treatment at the isolation centre.
The West Mamprusi Municipal COVID 19 team has since commenced contact tracing of persons and officers who have had contacts with the said inmates for their samples to be taken for testing.
He explained that the Walewale Health Directorate COVID-19 team last week took samples of ten inmates in the cell for testing for COVID-19 upon request and the results came out that three of them were positive for COVID-19.
“Our new way of dealing with prisoners is that if you want to take prisoners from police custody to prison custody, you must necessarily take them through a mandatory COVID-19 test.
Samples were taken from about 10 prisoners who are in police custody and submitted to the laboratory for testing. Results came out indicating that three of them had tested positive. Immediately they have been isolated to a station where we have a free cell.”
He said the cell has since been shut down for fumigation while the inmates have been moved to different cells.
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