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Rīga Central Prison put into quarantine

As the threat of COVID-19 spreading in prisons is increasing, Riga Central Prison, the largest prison in Latvia, has been put in quarantine, the Prison Administration of Latvia told the LETA newswire November 13.

So far, five Riga Central Prison inmates and four prison employees have tested positive for COVID-19. At the moment, there are about 900 prisoners in the prison, including both convicts and detainees still waiting for a court ruling.

The prison will be in quarantine until November 27. The Prison Administration's decision has been coordinated with the Health Ministry.

Currently the Prison Administration in cooperation with the prison's medical staff and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control are taking the necessary measures, including isolation of sick prisoners from other inmates and identification of persons they have been in contact with.

A special commission has been set up at the Prison Administration to coordinate quarantine measures.

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the quarantine period in Riga Central Prison, in addition to restrictions already in effect in the prison, meetings of the inmates, as well as inmates' meetings with representatives of state and municipal institutions and lawyers have been temporarily suspended.

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