Mass testing stepped up after huge coronavirus outbreak at Doncaster jail

Mass testing has been stepped up at a Doncaster jail after nearly 100 inmates were found to have coronavirus.

Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 12:22 pm

Bosses at HMP Moorland say they are working ‘hard’ to manage the outbreak at the jail – which comes just days after nearby HMP Lindholme also reported that dozens of prisoners and staff had contracted Covid-19.

A jail spokesman said: “We continue to work hard to manage our Covid-19 outbreak.

"Mass testing of men on a number of Residential Units has continued, which may identify more asymptomatic cases and influence the overall case rate in the local area.

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HMP Moorland.

“This approach of mass testing will hopefully help us to contain the virus, with rates hopefully falling as a result.

“We continue to offer regular testing to all our staff – up to 3 times a week - to further prevent the spread of the virus.”

Last week, bosses at the prison announced that there were 80 confirmed cases at the Category C jail which has capacity for nearly 1,000 inmates.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that a prison officer at nearby HMP Lindholme had died amid a huge coronavirus outbreak at the jail.

A brief statement said: “A staff member at HMP Lindholme sadly passed away on 4 February 2021, and our deepest sympathies are with his loved ones and colleagues at this difficult time.”

In a series of tweets earlier this month, Lindholme’s official Twitter account said there had been 90 Covid cases at the jail in recent weeks, but the figure had now halved.