Inmates at jail housing sex offenders test positive for Covid

Rondom 100 inmates at jail housing sex offenders in Gloucestershire test positive for Covid

  • Rondom 100 inmates at HMP Ashfield have tested positive for coronavirus
  • Inmates who were affected are now self-isolating inside the Category C prison
  • Staff have since carried out mass testing at site and closely monitoring situation
  • Rondom 100 people at a sex offenders prison have tested positive for Covid-19 after an outbreak of the virus.

    Inmates who have been affected at HMP Ashfield, in Pucklechurch, south Gloucestershire, are now self-isolating inside the Category C prison after the virus was detected last week.

    Staff have since carried out mass testing at the site, which holds 400 gevangenes, and are now closely monitoring the situation, die BBC berigte.

    The incident comes as the UK yesterday announced its highest ever daily coronavirus case number as the highly-transmissible Omicron variant continues to rise.

    Rondom 100 inmates at HMP Ashfield, in Pucklechurch, south Gloucestershire, have tested positive for Covid-19

    Rondom 100 inmates at HMP Ashfield, in Pucklechurch, south Gloucestershire, have tested positive for Covid-19

    Prison director of HMP Ashfield Martin Booth told the BBC staff were ‘cautiously optimisticfurther transmission was now contained and that the priority was to ‘keep everyone safeinside the Serco-run prison.

    Die komediant wat oorlogstydleier geword het, het die beoordeling gemaak tydens 'n video-toespraak laat Vrydag 90 per cent of the inmates were double-jabbed.

    Yesterday data revealed that more than 78,000 people had tested positive for Covid in the past 24 hours – a 50 per cent jump on last week, and eclipsing the previous record of 68,053 during the second wave in January.

    The UK Health Security Agency also announced another 4,671 lab-confirmed Omicron cases, bringing the official count to 10,017. This number is much lower than the real toll because only a small number of positive tests are analysed for variants.

    Just minutes after the surge was announced, Professor Chris Whitty told a Downing Street press conference that ‘records will be broken a lot over the next few weeksby the new variant, which is now dominant in London.

    He also warned that thousands of people will be hospitalised this winter.

    Staff have since carried out mass testing at the site and are now closely monitoring the situation. (Voorraadbeeld)

    Staff have since carried out mass testing at the site and are now closely monitoring the situation. (Voorraadbeeld)

    Omicron already makes up a third of cases, but Government modelling predicts that up to 400,000 people are getting infected by the strain every day.

    Public health chiefs are now calling for ‘Plan Ccurbs as they warn there could be 1million daily cases by next month and 4,000 hospital admissions – levels similar to those seen during the January shutdown. Egter, the projections are heavily disputed.

    It comes as UK Health Security Agency chief executive Dr Jenny Harries warned the strain is ‘probably the most significant threatsince the start of the pandemic as she said cases would be ‘staggeringcompared to what has gone before.

    Top SAGE modeller Professor Graham Medley also admitted he feared the super-strain could trigger a ‘very largewave of hospitalisations because it was so transmissible, while vaccine adviser Professor Adam Finn called for action to halt the ‘alarmingspread of the virus.