A prisons official on Friday said five inmates across the country had been tested for the novel coronavirus, all results returning negative, with all prisons, housing around 38,000 prisoners, being sanitized to prevent the spread of the virus.
At an event involving the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Prisons Department Director Chan Kimseng said five detainees had fevers and coughs and were tested for the virus, but were negative for the respiratory disease, though did not detail which prisons the inmates were housed in. Also, new inmates were being quarantined before being allowed into the general cells.
“A new inmate, because he could have the virus, is detained for 14 days separately. If there is no doubt, we will send him to the main building,” Chan Kimseng said.