Penang Prison under EMCO until further notice

Nineteen inmates in remand were infected with Covid-19, including one who died on Oct 5. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Prison at Gaol Road will be placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from today until further notice.

In a statement, the Prison Department said the public would not be allowed to visit inmates, while personnel could only enter after certain conditions were met.

It, however, did not say why the EMCO was enforced, but it comes in the wake of reports of 18 Covid-19 cases recently, on top of a death last week.

“Visitations by family members, lawyers and officials of embassies and non-governmental organisations are strictly prohibited,” it said.

“No courses, community sports, functions in the prisons or the staff quarters are allowed during this period.

“A total lockdown will be imposed in places where inmates are found to be Covid-19 positive.”

To date, 19 inmates at the remand section have been infected with Covid-19, including an 85-year-old man who died on Oct 5.

Bernama, quoting a local prison chief, reported that the other 18, aged 25 to 65, are in stable condition.

It also reported that 2,300 inmates and 20 prison staff members have been tested, adding that the results of all the personnel had returned negative.

The prison is the third in the country to report a rise in Covid-19 cases after the Tawau and Alor Setar prisons.