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NI Prison Service confirms first female Covid-19 case

A female prisoner at Hydebank had tested positive for coronavirus

THE Northern Ireland Prison Service has confirmed the first Covid-19 case among female inmates.

It said a prisoner at Hydebank had tested positive for the virus.

A spokesperson said: "She is being cared for by our staff and colleagues from the South Eastern Trust and her family has been informed.

"This is the first positive test of a female prisoner in Northern Ireland and only the third prisoner who wasn't a new committal to test positive since the outbreak of the pandemic.

"The Prison Service will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of everyone in our prisons during these challenging times."

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