Ramallah, ALRAY - The Israel Prison Service (IPS) told Palestinian detainees in the Ofer prison that their 38-year-old mate Na’im Abu Turki had been infected with COVID-19, Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said on Thursday.
The PPS added that the detainee Abu Turki, along with five other detainees who contacted him, was moved to isolation cells for quarantine.
The PPS pointed out that the detainee Abu Turki, lives in Hebron, was detained four days ago and transferred to the Ofer prison’s transit section which was closed after Abu Turki had been confirmed positive with the virus.
It stressed that the recent growing number of the coronavirus cases among Palestinian detainees foreshadows the worst due to the continual transferring of detainees by the IPS forces who are the only source for brining the virus inside the prisons.
The PPS renewed its call upon all competent parties for the need to have a neutral medical committee for overseeing the results of the coronavirus tests and following up the health condition of the infected detainees.
According to Palestinian figures, about 4,600 Palestinians, including 39 women and 170 children, are currently languishing in Israeli detention jails.
At least 700 of the detainees suffer from chronic illnesses and require regular medical care, 10 of them are suffering from different types of cancer.
There are about 18,947,019 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and the death toll now tops 711,677 while over 12,128,996 people have recovered from the virus.