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Barnala & Patti Jails to be converted in quarantine centres to control COVID-19 spread in inmates, says Randhawa

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Jails Minister of Punjab, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, April 16

Barnala and Patti jails will be soon converted into quarantine centres so as to prevent the further spread of the highly contagious coronavirus among the jail inmates. The announcement was made by the Jails Minister of Punjab Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Thursday.

Randhawa quoted that a total number of 412 inmates have been shifted to other jails of the state so that these ones can be used as quarantine wards. Further, he also said that any new inmate, if caught, will have to undergo a proper medical checkup and then will be shifted to these quarantine centres.

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The step has been taken by the jail authorities of the state so that the coronavirus can be kept under check inside the jails of the state. While divulging the details, Randhawa shared that among the inmates of District Jail Barnala, a number of 202 were shifted to Central Jail Bathinda and 100 were sent to New Jail Nabha. The ones at Sub Jail Patti were sent to District Jail Sri Mukatsar Sahib.

The inmates were shifted to other jails after they underwent a proper medical procedure and ensuring the fact that nobody was corona positive. Now, if they get any symptomatic inmate, they would be sent in Barnala and Patti Jails only after a thorough examination as per the health protocol and advisories.

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