Coronavirus Testing in Moroccan Prisons

The General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) has decided, in coordination with the competent health and administrative authorities, to carry out Coronavirus testing in the various prisons as part of a proactive and preventive approach.

In a press release, the DGAPR states that a total of 1,736 people were tested, including 961 prisoners, 711 civil servants and 64 employees of companies operating in the institution, noting that all test results from 47 institutions were negative, as well as mixed results from 10 prisons.

The results of 16 other institutions are not yet available, the same source added.

In addition, the DGAPR reports that two officials at the local prison Salé 2 tested positive, noting that they will be re-tested to confirm their contamination with Covid-19.

The results concerning the local prison of Oujda and that of Tetouan noted that one person in each of the institutions tested positive, the General Delegation noted, adding that these two persons were subjected to another test which proved negative, necessitating a third test, the result of which has not yet been revealed.

Concerning the local prison of Ouarzazate, the results of the tests revealed the contamination of 207 inmates and 62 civil servants working in this institution, in addition to another civil servant who had to join the prison to replace one of the already contaminated employees, adds the same source, noting that the test results of 55 inmates are not yet available, while the tests will be redone for three other cases.

The statement further states that in coordination with the relevant local and health authorities, the local prison in Ouarzazate has been equipped with mobile units in a private area, including all the necessary supplies to apply the Coronavirus treatment protocol on the contaminated inmates.

As part of the effort to strengthen the protection of prison officials, special clothing has been introduced for all staff and all persons interacting with inmates on entering and leaving the prison, and the monitoring of compliance with preventive measures within the prison has been strengthened.

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