A “logistical” issue is said to be the reason why approximately 200 inmates at the Maximum Security Prison (MSP) in Arouca, were unable to be swabbed and tested for the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday, as originally planned.
On Tuesday it was revealed that due to the contraction of the disease by 18 inmates, testing was expected to take place between Wednesday and Thursday, of primary and secondary contacts.
However, Commissioner of Prisons (Ag.) Dennis Pulchan, stated that swabbing did not take place on Wednesday, but that it will commence Thursday, “with all logistics in place.”
He gave no further explanation on what those logistic issues were.
The inmates waiting to be swabbed were identified through tracing of those who would have come in contact with the 18 inmates that tested positive for the virus over the weekend.