Second coronavirus case confirmed at Oakwood Prison

By Richard Guttridge | South Staffordshire | Coronavirus | Published: | Last Updated:

A second case of coronavirus has been confirmed at Oakwood Prison near Wolverhampton, Britain's largest jail.

HMP Oakwood

Two prisoners are now self-isolating after being confirmed as having the virus.

It comes as cases in prisons across the country continue to grow, with 27 confirmed at 14 prisons as of Friday.

Visits have been suspended at all prisons at England and Wales following concerns over members of the public continuing to be allowed in as cases were growing.

There has also been questions over whether some prisoners should be released on home detention to try and stop jails from becoming "breeding grounds" for the disease.

G4S, which runs Oakwood in Featherstone, said it was "in regular discussion with Public Health England and following all national guidance".

The category C prison has around 2,000 inmates.

John Whitwam, managing director of G4S custodial and detention services, said: “The health and safety of our staff and the people in our care is our top priority and we have existing, well-developed policies and procedures in place to manage outbreaks of infectious diseases.

“We are in regular discussion with Public Health England and following all national guidance.

"Any prisoners who have symptoms are self-isolating and in regular consultation with our on-site health professionals, and all remain able to contact their families and loved ones during this time."

An 84-year-old inmate at HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire became the first prisoner to die after contracting coronavirus on Sunday.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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