Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of National Security, Matthew Samuda says the public will be updated next week about whether or not low risk inmates who are vulnerable to Covid-19 will be released.

Minister Samuda and Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton toured the Horizon and Tower Street General Penitentiaries this morning, to observe the implementation of protocols established by the ministry to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The visit comes following reports of 12 inmates and two members of staff who contracted the virus. 

Minster Samuda says it is not an easy decision to make.

Minister Samuda says suggestions by stakeholders to release low risk inmates nearing the end of their sentence will be considered:

He noted that the concept of low risk is relative.

Matthew Samuda, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of National Security

Meanwhile Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton says a serious outbreak of Covid-19 in prisons will have dire consequences.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health

Following the tour, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Health Fund, handed over personal protective equipment (PPEs) and cleaning supplies to the Department of Correctional Services.

Dr Tufton says additional PPEs will boost its capacity in preventing the spread of the virus in prisons.