Five prison warders are isolating at home with their families after they tested positive for Covid-19, The Malta Independent has learnt.
The Home Affairs Ministry said that there was no transmission between warders and inmates at the Corradino Correctional Facility.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that a prison guard contracted the virus when he escorted an inmate to Mater Dei Hospital. The warder was told, the following day, that he might have been in a ward with someone who was positive and contacted the health authorities. He was tested, along with the inmate he had been escorting and a number of other employees. The guard tested positive while all the others tested negative for the Coronavirus.
Replying to questions by this newsroom, a spokesperson for Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said that, so far, 600 swab tests have been performed on employees of the Correctional Services Agency and inmates.
Five employees have tested positive and are recovering in isolation at home.
Asked what measures are being taken to lower the risk of infection, the ministry said prison employees and inmates are asked to wear a mask at all times.
Perspex screens are being used for prison visits and inmates are urged to keep in touch with their families through Skype.
Warders are working on a shift basis.
The ministry said all decisions are taken in consultation with the health authorities and have to reflect the decisions taken on a nationwide basis.