Kuwait: 268 Inmates of Central Prison Test Positive for Coronavirus

Kuwaiti police officers man a checkpoint at the entrance leading to the Hawally district of Kuwait City on May 29, 2020, after the district was put on lockdown to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Image Credit: AFP
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Kuwait has said that 285 inmates in its central prison tested positive for coronavirus, as the country is battling to contain the highly contagious disease.

The cases were detected after COVID-19 tests were conducted on the prisoners, the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Security Relations and Media said.

Later, 225 out of those who had tested positive recovered, while the rest are being quarantined under observation, the directorate added in an online statement.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of prisons in Kuwait, has drawn up a plan to keep the health scene in the central prison under control during the COVID-19 crisis through a raft of measures including isolating new inmates and doing regular tests for them to ensure they are free of the virus for four weeks, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Anba reported Friday.

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