Picassent, Spain’S Largest Prison, Was Quarantined After 133 Prisoners Were Infected With Coronavirus.
2021-01-27 | by CusiGO
A third wave of coronavirus also hit the prison violently. After screening, 133 prisoners were tested positive for cowid-19, and the interior ministry agreed on Wednesday to isolate Spain’s largest prison, Antonia sonsen, according to prison authorities. This measure means that during the first two weeks, “only staff and staff members and non staff members whose work is critical are allowed to enter the prison”, and any communication between prisoners and their families and lawyers will be suspended, This includes broadcasting through radio stations and leaving for permits or activities. Production workshops have also been suspended and prisoners work with outside staff of the companies that operate them. This measure is similar to that adopted by the Ministry of the interior when the health crisis broke out in March last year, when it applied to all prisons.
The picassent outbreak affected 7% of the 1910 prisoners currently in the prison, although prison authorities stressed that the vast majority had no symptoms and only a few “showed mild symptoms.”. They added that there was no need to move anyone to the hospital. In order to prevent the spread of the disease, the center’s management also ordered 473 prisoners in the affected units to be kept in their cells to minimize the risk of infection.
Sixteen prison staff and six other staff were also isolated. Another six workers in the nearby social integration Centre (CIS), where semi free prisoners serve sentences, were also affected. Twenty seven workers in the prison were quarantined to prevent infection.
In another prison in the Valencia community, a prison in alicantina de Villena, 45 infected prisoners have been identified and 28 new cases have been identified during the past few hours of follow-up. According to the prison, “they’re all asymptomatic.” In addition, seven staff members of the prison are on sick leave. The number of prisoners in preventive detention is 140. There are 50 people infected with coronavirus in Teruel prison, and 17 prisoners in Seville No.1 prison have been positive recently.
In a statement, the CSIF union condemned the latest data as “the worst positive record since the start of the hubris epidemic.”. According to its own statistics, 611 infected people (274 workers and 337 prisoners) were found in prisons across Spain in the past two weeks, and another 1354 (1038 prisoners and 316 workers) were quarantined, the union said. CSIF lists prisons in the provinces of Valencia, Murcia, Leda, Leon, Asturias, Cadiz and Granada as affected. In a statement, acaip-ugt, the majority Union, also criticized Picasso prison, which closed on Wednesday, saying it was “too late.”. According to acaip-ugt, the prison found the first “serious outbreak” of the disease on January 8, stressing that the Ministry of the interior had not taken “severe and severe measures” to prevent the spread of the disease at that time.
According to the latest statistics of the Ministry of the interior on the incidence of covid in 71 prisons of the Ministry (Catalonia prison is managed by the government), from June 22 (the end of the alarm state) to January 21, 948 prisoners were found to be infected with covid, One of them died and only 302 are still considered active cases. During the same period, 1025 cases (and one death) occurred among prison staff, 273 of whom are still working.
These numbers, including the second and third waves of the pandemic, are much higher than those recorded during the alert period from 14 March to 21 June. At that time, 85 prisoners and 278 officials on the prison record were infected with coronavirus. According to official data, four workers and two prisoners died of illness during this period. As a result, the impact of covid-19 on the prison population is four times that of the general population.
The measures taken now for Picasso prison are not the first step that prison institutions are forced to take in the new wave of diseases. In fact, last Monday, only the prisons in Ibiza, menoka, Tenerife II and Santa Cruz de La Palma were not restricted. With the exception of Aranjuez (Madrid) and zaballa (Á lava), all family, cohabitation and intimate correspondence (so-called vis a vis) in the rest of the region have been suspended, and prisoners can only communicate with family, friends and lawyers through rooms separated by glass partitions. In order to alleviate the isolation caused by these restrictions, the Ministry of the interior has expanded the number of calls that detainees are entitled to make (15 calls every seven days instead of the usual 10) and increased the use of video phones.