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Two prison officers test positive for coronavirus

Extra Covid-19 measures being brought in at Jurby facility

Extra coronavirus measures have been brought in at the Isle of Man Prison after two officers tested positive for Covid-19.

Both are self-isolating and contact tracing is underway with other members of staff at the Jurby facility who have been identified as close contacts.

A statement from the Department of Home Affairs says advanced control measures, and an infection prevention regime, are in place which will have little impact operationally.

The prison has gone back to a pre-determined ‘black’ regime which means, for the time being, offenders will spend more time in their cells.

Free association time will also be reduced.

All wings are operating as separate bubbles and only essential visits are allowed.

Minister Graham Cregeen said: "It is regrettable that despite everyone’s best efforts, to maintain strong defences against the virus, two positive cases have surfaced which appear to be linked to household transmission outside the prison.

"We are doing everything we can to prevent any further transmission."

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