After a prisoner has tested positive for COVID-19, Melbourne prison system is on high alert.
The prisoner from the Metropolitan Remand Centre, Corrections Victoria reports, returned a positive test on Friday morning.
He was the center’s latest prisoner and was swabbed on arrival.
He must now undergo a 14-day quarantine protection period and be isolated from the rest of the population.
A Justice and Community Safety Department spokesperson has said the prisoner will continue to be tracked.
“The prisoner was swabbed as part of measures for new receptions, who are tested upon arrival and required to undergo a 14-day protective quarantine process,” according to 7NEWS.com.au.
“He will continue to be monitored and assessed while in isolation, and is being provided with a range of supports.”
The exposure, however, has resulted in demands for low-risk prisoners to be released.
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“Our prisoners are sitting ducks right now,” Greens spokesperson for justice Tim Read said in a statement.
“It would take very little effort on the state government’s part to make low-risk prisoners eligible for early release to help reduce our prison numbers substantially and protect inmates and staff alike from a potential outbreak.”