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Six more coronavirus infections at Saint-Gilles prison

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Six more coronavirus infections among inmates at the Saint-Gilles prison in Brussels prompted the quarantine of an entire wing.

Wing A was placed under quarantine on Saturday after six of the prisoners there tested positive for Covid-19, just two days after guards held a strike in protest against measures taken previously regarding prisoners who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Thursday’s strike ended when the prison agreed to retest all prisoners in both Wing A and Wing B, whereupon the additional infections were found.

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A contact tracing investigation found that an inmate from Wing A who was transferred to another prison prior to initial tests at Saint-Gilles was infected.

Helen Lyons
The Brussels Times