Corona infection enters Kongsvinger prison, 44 inmates quarantined

Kongsvinger prisonPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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A total of 44 inmates have been quarantined for ten days after an inmate in a Kongsvinger prison has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Five employees have also been quarantined.

The Norwegian Correctional Service (Kriminalomsorgen) confirmed that a coronavirus infection case was registered among the inmates in Kongsvinger on Friday, October 9. 

“The prisoner was placed in quarantine, after consultation with the doctor at the prison… The test results were available on Friday, and they were positive on COVID-19,” Kriminalomsorgen added.

The inmate has mild symptoms.

Measures implemented

A total of 44 prisoners have now been quarantined until October 18. 

Employees who have been in close contact with the inmate have also been quarantined.

“As of now, five employees are quarantined,” the press release noted.

Multiple measures have been implemented to reduce the risk of further infection in prison. 

Several staff members have been appointed to take care of the implementation of measures and supervise the situation.

Oslo prison and Ila prison

Coronavirus cases have been detected in several other Norwegian prisons in the past.

In September, an employee at Oslo prison was diagnosed with coronavirus. 

As a result, 18 inmates and six employees were quarantined.

In August, an employee at Ila prison in Bærum tested positive for the coronavirus. 

A total of three employees and eleven inmates were quarantined after the positive test.

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