Ten inmates in various prisons in the Tema metropolis have tested positive for COVID-19.
Tema Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Edward Johnson Akrofi-Oyirifi, made the disclosure on the sidelines of a disinfection and fumigation exercise which took place in the regional command on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
According to him, of the ten COVID-19 inmates, nine were from Ashaiman cells while one was recorded in a cell in Kpone.
However, he said none of the police personnel in Tema has tested positive for the disease so far.
“Thankfully, all the other inmates who were in the cells with these COVID-19 inmates have tested negative, and have thus been transported to the Ankaful Prisons,” the Regional Commander said.
DCOP Akrofi-Oyirifi further indicated that, to ensure the safety of these COVID-19 inmates, his outfit has moved motions at the courts for them to be isolated and treated.
On social and physical distancing in the cells, he stated that the inmates were more protected in the cells.
This, he said, was because by confining them in the cells they were not exposed to the rest of the population.
The Tema Regional Police Commander used the opportunity to praise his officers who were deployed during the partial lockdown.
“Our personnel in the deployment during the partial lockdown were always brave to educate people who were commuting to Tema and its environs. And, I must say that they were professional in dealing with the lockdown directives,” he gladly expressed.
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