9 inmates, 9 BJMP members virus-infected

April 17, 2020

THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) is now conducting extensive contact tracing after nine detainees or persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and nine personnel of the Quezon City Jail Male facility have tested positive for the coronavirus 2019.

According to BJMP spokesperson Chief Insp. Xavier Solda, a team has already been tasked to check records of those who possibly came in close contact with the COVID-positives.

He assured the families and relatives that the BJMP leadership is doing its best to address the problem.       

BJMP-National Capital Region director Chief Supt. Ignacio Panti said that those found positive are now in hospitals.

The QCJ has 3,812 PDLs at present.

Panti said that other QCJ personnel who are suspected and showing symptoms of the dangerous virus are being quarantined in their respective houses.

He said that 17 other suspected COVID-infected PDLs are also in quarantine at the Payatas camp site near the near the soon-to-be-opened new QCJ facility under the medical care of its able-ready partner – the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).