A prisoner has tested positive for Covid-19 at Britain’s largest prison, HMP Oakwood, G4S has confirmed.
The inmate at the all-male Category C jail in Staffordshire had been self-isolating since Tuesday, before a test result on Saturday.
John Whitwam, managing director of G4S custodial and detention services, said: “We have confirmed one case of coronavirus at HMP Oakwood.
“The health and safety of our staff and the people in our care is our top priority and we have existing, well-developed policies and procedures in place to manage outbreaks of infectious diseases.
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“We are in regular discussion with Public Health England and following their guidance.
“The person concerned had already been self-isolating since Tuesday, in accordance with national guidance, and will remain in isolation and in regular consultation with our on-site health professionals.
“His family have been contacted and will be kept up-to-date.”
This afternoon NHS England confirmed the number of deaths of patients who had tested positive for coronavirus in England had risen to 303.
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