The Professional Association of Prison Officials (APFP), an exclusive union in the penitentiary field, denounced the current situation of the Murcia II Penitentiary Center, in which last Thursday a new outbreak of Covid-19 was confirmed, affecting 42 inmates and 28 prison officials, eight are positive and another 20 are in quarantine awaiting PCR tests, with five modules of confined inmates. All this after testing the corpse of the deceased inmate last Monday, which turned out to be positive for Covid-19.
Given the seriousness of this situation, the APFP expresses its concern about the evolution of this outbreak and how it may influence the health of workers and inmates, in addition to the personnel problems that this situation may generate when covering all jobs.
«The Ministry of Health of the Region of Murcia must take action on the matter, through a massive screening, and accelerate the procedure to carry out the PCR testing of quarantined officials, as well as the entire workforce, since we must not forget the high percentage of asymptomatic infected that are detected with this test, which is key to controlling any outbreak, “they say.
Likewise, and given the high rates of contagion in the Region of Murcia, the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions «should suspend communications through call centers in Penitentiary Centers of this community, family members and officials have physical contact with which increases the risk and probability of being infected and transmitting the disease, “they add.