Thailand continues to be whipped by COVID-19 and for proof of this we have the fact that it has been registered 965 positive cases among the inmates of a prison located in Lampangwhich has aroused concern among the authorities of the penitentiary system of that country.
According to information given by the Department of Prisons, the contagions arose in the section of prisoners sentenced for drug trafficking. It should be noted that at the moment the health status of prisoners infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus is unknown.
Likewise, Thawatchai Chaiwat, the current deputy director general of the Department of Prisons, stated that prisoners have been ordered to sleep with face masks to prevent further contagion. However, this measure is not enough if one takes into account that the cells exceed their capacity by holding up to 50 people.
Overcrowding a big problem in Thai prisons
It should be noted that this is not the first time that the Thai prison system has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, since in May of last year it was announced that More than 12,700 inmates from Bangkok and Chiang Mai prisons tested positive for Alphavariant of SARS-CoV-2 discovered for the first time in the United Kingdom.
Records available on the Internet, the country’s prisons house more than 300 thousand inmates, who unfortunately experience unprecedented overcrowding. It is important to note that the majority of offenders were prosecuted for drug-related crimes.
COVID-19 in Thailand
Reuters reports, same as AmericanPost.News bring for you, indicate that Thailand accumulates 2,656,411 infections and 22,538 deaths related to the coronavirus since the pandemic began in March 2020. Unfortunately, the country has seen its hospital system saturated and they resort to using hotels to treat patients with COVID-19.
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