97 confirmed cases of Covid in Scotland’s HMP Perth have sparked an isolation crisis.
A coronavirus outbreak has infected nearly 100 convicts at a Scottish prison, according to reports released today.
According to the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), 97 inmates at HMP Perth tested positive for the virus, prompting everyone who lives there to isolate while major testing takes place.
Inmates will not have access to courts, lawyers, or family visits, nor will they be able to use the gym, but they will be granted fresh air, baths, and the use of cellphones, according to the SPS.
“The safety and welfare of all people living and working in our establishments is a priority for the Scottish Prison Service,” a representative for the Scottish Government agency added.
“An outbreak is now being managed in HMP Perth.
“Currently, there are 97 confirmed Covid cases among individuals in our custody at HMP Perth.
“A large percentage of these people are asymptomatic positives.
“All residents of HMP Perth are currently isolating as a precautionary measure while bulk testing is carried out.”
A new update will be issued on Monday, according to the spokeswoman.
HMP Perth is home to male offenders on remand, short and long-term offenders, including inmates serving life sentences and sex crimes, it accommodates an average of 678 prisoners per day.
The outbreak in Perth is the most recent at the prison, which previously failed to contain the sickness in 2020.
The outbreak comes just weeks after 30 inmates at HMP Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s largest jails, tested positive for Covid.
As a result of the outbreak, 180 of HMP Edinburgh’s 900 inmates self-isolated.
The government shutdown in May had a significant impact on court cases in Lothian and the Borders.
The sentence of former police inspector David Brown, 51, and his 52-year-old co-accused Patrick Hattie for their roles in a massive drug-smuggling scheme had been postponed.
Between November 1 and December 1, 2018, the pair were hired by Lawrence Phee, the owner of a haulage company, to deliver cocaine, cannabis resin, and herbal cannabis worth more than £2 million in Cairnryan, Shotts, Coatbridge, and other parts of Scotland.
“The safety and wellbeing of people living and working in our jails is a priority,” an SPS spokesman said at the time.
“As we manage and support those in our care during these trying times, we have solid pandemic protocols in place.”