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First case of coronavirus detected in a prison facility in Athens

A prisoner in high-security Korydallos Prison in Athens has been tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. The 33-year-old man is the first case of Covid-19 detected in a Greek prison facility.

The patient has had some specious symptoms and was initially transferred to Ipppokrateio hospital where he was tested for Covid-19. The first test was positive. He was later transferred to the designated Sotiria Hospital, where he was tested again and the results are due later on Wednesday.

Speaking to Open TV  on Wednesday morning, the chairman of the Prison Guards Union said that the patient, a Libyan national, is an old prisoner and not somebody who arrived recently.

He added that their union had asked for regular coronavirus testing in the prison for both the inmates and the working personnel, already before the restrictions such as visitors were lifted.

Health teams from the National health Organization (EODY) are scheduled to visit the prison facility on Wednesday to collect samples from other prisoners who may have come into contact with the patient.

The other 4 prisoners who shared the cell with the patient have been reportedly placed in quarantine.

Other measures, like disinfection could take place as well – we hope.

Prisons in Greece are overcrowded and the living conditions literally miserable.

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