Covid-19 outbreak hits inmates at Edinburgh's Saughton Prison

A hall at Edinburgh’s Saughton prison has been struck by an outbreak of Covid-19.

By Stephen Wilkie
Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 6:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 7:06 pm

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Approximately 30 inmates detained in the jail’s Hermiston Hall have tested positive with coronavirus. A further 200 are isolating among.

It is understood the outbreak has not affected other areas of the establishment, which holds up to 800 remand and convicted prisoners of both sexes.

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It's understood around 30 inmates have tested positive with coronavirus, with a further 200 self-isolating.

In other prisons, increased testing has been directly linked to reports of fresh cases.

A Scottish Prison Service spokesman confirmed the siutation at HMP Edinburgh.

He said: “There have been a number of cases and a group of prisoners have been isolated as a precaution.

"This is being managed in line in the same manner as with similar situations in other establishments.”

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