Measures Tightened To Prevent Coronavirus In Prisons: Minister
LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Apr, 2020 ) ::Provincial Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Muhammad Basharat Raja has said that measures have been tightened to prevent coronavirus spread in all prisons of the province.
In a statement, he said on Friday that a transfer plan had been made to shift 3,500 prisoners from overcrowded jails to others, enabling maximum social distancing in prisons.
He said that the total number of prisoners in Punjab was 45,535 currently, out of which the number of under-trial prisoners was 25,708, and of them, 713 were female.
The minister said that the newly arriving prisoners were being tested and kept in quarantine centres for 14 days.
All visitors were allowed to enter the premises after strict checking.
He said that as soon as symptoms of coronavirus appear in any prisoner, his meetings with relatives and and the court appearances were stopped immediately. He said that staff on duty in prisons were not allowed to go out of the premises. No prisoners were allowed from one barracks to another, and all gatherings had been banned in jails.