The Thailand Department of Corrections this afternoon, May 18th, announced 1,408 new inmate infections in 13 major prisons nationwide, accumulating a total of 11,670 cases since a first round of Covid-19 testing earlier last week.
Sitthi Suthiwong, deputy director-general of the Department of Corrections, revealed a total number of new Covid-19 cases found in prison nationwide as follows:
- Chiang Mai Central Prison: 50 additional infections today, adding to a total of 3,608 cases
- Bangkok Special Prison: a total of 1,851 cases
- Women’s Correctional Institution: 245 additional infections today, adding to a total of 1,428 cases
- Klong Prem Central Prison: 159 additional infections today, adding to a total of 1,175 cases
- Thonburi Remand Prison: 277 additional infections today, adding to a total of 2,807 cases
- Chachoengsao Central Prison: 7 additional infections today, adding to a total of 56 cases
- Central Correctional Institution For Drug Addicts: a total of 12 cases
- Nonthaburi Province Prison Infected today 342 cases, to a total of 400.
- Minburi Remand Prison: a total of 2 cases
- Narathiwat Central Prison: a total of 1 case
- Mae Sot District Prison: a total of 1 case
- Samut Prakan Central Prison: a total of 1 case
- Bang Kwang Central Prison: 328 additional infections today
A number of 35 prison officials were found infected nationwide, the deputy director-general added.
The department is also conducting complete swab tests against prison staff and inmates at all prisons nationwide, including x-rays on the lungs of all infected prisoners. The infections are also categorized according to the severity of symptoms for medical treatment.
“We also arranging field hospitals in the prisons as well as arranging a sufficient drug supply for infected inmates. Those inmates who did not detect the infection for the first time will be tested every 7 days until the situation returns to normal,” Sitthi concluded.
In related news, the Department of Corrections is reportedly considering a proposal to release some low-risk drug offenders early to help lessen crowding at prisons. The proposal will be considered over the next several weeks.
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