Commissioner of Prisons, Dennis Pulchan.

As of Sunday, 258 prisoners within the system have tested positive for the COVID-19. However, acting Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan says he is seeing a decrease in cases.

Guardian Media understands that of the 258 who tested positive, 36 have fully recovered whilst 24 have been discharged from quarantine. Pulchan also confirmed that 167 remain in station quarantine and an undisclosed number of them are currently being quarantined for observation purposes.

The prisons boss, however, assured that regular testing is being conducted.

“We have regular testing once a week by a team from the Ministry of Health and quite a few are found negative,” Pulchan said.

“Testing is ongoing weekly but there is rapid decline. Thank God. It’s a tough job but having to lockdown the Maximum Security Prison and the courts to starve out the virus has worked. We are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases although we have a lot in quarantine under observation.”

Since the virus penetrated the prisons’ walls, officers stationed at all prisons throughout T&T have been urged to observe precautionary measures while at their stations and to be vigilant for and report anyone who may be displaying flu-like symptoms.