Srinagar: As many as 21 inmates are COVID-19 positive while 219 are under quarantine in different jails in the Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said Tuesday evening.
He said a day prior to relinquishing charge, Director General of Police (Prison) V K Singh visited Central Jail Srinagar to resolve last minute issues including a parole case.
At present, 635 inmates are lodged in the Central Jail Srinagar which included 27 female inmates and there is no COVID positive case in the jail, he said.
He said as on date, 4572 inmates are lodged in the 13 jails of J&K. He said 23 inmates (21 from District Jail Kathua, 1 from Central Jail Jammu, Kot Bhalwal and 1 from District Jail Jammu) are COVID positive who are being provided necessary medical care is being provided.
He said 219 inmates are under quarantine across prisons of J&K as new prisoners undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine for 14 days.
DG directed the staff for strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) issued to prevent spread of COVID-19 in jails.