A 43-year-old indicted inmate from Tihar jail died on Tuesday, a day after he tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said.
Mohammad Anish, housed in prison since December 2019 in a case under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and was admitted to a jail hospital with mild symptoms, they said.
“On Tuesday morning, his condition deteriorated and he was referred to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in an emergency. Later, he died in the hospital in the afternoon,” said Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel.
This is the third death of coronavirus-infected inmates in Delhi since the pandemic began last year. Two COVID-19 positive inmates from Mandoli Jail died on June 15 and July 4 of last year.
According to data shared by the prisons department, 267 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus since March 2021. Of those, 22 have recovered and there are 245 active cases.
Ninety-two staff members have tested positive for the virus since March 2021. One has recovered and there are still 91 active cases, according to the data.
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