Despite being placed on "lockdown", the morale of about 700 staff at the Penang Remand Prison here and the Seberang Prai Prison in Jawi is still high.
State Prisons Department director Roslan Mohamed said staff in the two facilities were still in high spirits despite some of them not being able to meet their loved ones.
One of the nation's leading, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), here, is taking precautionary measures in ensuring the safety and well-being of its community members following an increase in positive Covid-19 cases in the state in recent weeks.
As such, USM Covid-19 Nerve Centre chairperson Professor Dr Md Roslan Hashim said, all members of the campus community, including the staff and students, are urged to abide by the latest instructions.
All 17 positive Covid-19 cases reported in the Seberang Prai Prison in Jawi and the Penang Remand Prison here yesterday involved inmates.
There were nine active cases in Jawi and eight active cases here.
Seberang Prai Prison director Zulkifli Abdul Manah said the nine inmates tested positive during the second round of screening.
39 inmates from the Penang Remand Prison have tested positive for Covid-19 during a third round of screening, on Friday.
Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said they were screened for a third time after displaying symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
"The two prior screenings (for Covid-19) carried out on them came back negative.
All six Covid-19 positive cases reported at the Penang Remand Prison here on Thursday involved inmates.
Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said they were found positive during the second screening for the coronavirus.
"They were tested negative during the first round of screening. Health officials then decided to do a second screening, focusing on those who showed some form of symptoms.
The Penang Remand Prison, currently placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) along with the prison quarters, welcomes any form of assistance from various quarters to ensure it has ample supplies to meet the needs of the prison staff and inmates.
Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said among the items needed were personal protective equipment (PPE), face shields, face masks and bottled water.
Authorities have identified teachers and students of SK Seri Sentosa, who are close contacts of a pupil who was tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.
Screening (for Covid-19) has begun for some of them.
It was learnt that the pupil was from the school's special education class.
Another officer from Seberang Prai Prison in Jawi is the latest prison official to have contracted Covid-19.
This brings to three, the total number of officers at the prison, confirmed to be Covid-19 positive.
Seberang Prai Prison director Zulkifli Abdul Manah said the officer was one of 14 confirmed Covid-19 cases reported in the prison on Monday.
Ninety-nine per cent of Covid-19 tests carried out on some 300 Penang Remand Prison personnel and those staying in the prison quarters have came back negative.
Its director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said they were still awaiting results of the other tests, which they hope to obtain by Wednesday.
"All of them had been screened (for Covid-19) since (last) Thursday until Saturday. We have received about 99 per cent of the test results, which came back negative.
Pusat Jagaan Darul Hanan in Pongsu Seribu here has reported eight positive Covid-19 cases involving its residents.
The first active case was a 69-year-old woman.
Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP) chairman Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said after the first active case was reported, they screened all close contacts and detected another seven others who tested positive for the corononavirus.
The Penang government is considering placing the Seberang Prai Prison in Jawi and the prison quarters there under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
This follows the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases reported there.
As of yesterday, the Jawi Prison cluster logged 86 active cases. Two of the cases involved prison officers.
Another positive Covid-19 case involving a prisons officer has been reported at the Seberang Prai prison in Jawi on Sunday.
The latest case brings to two the number of active cases involving officers in the prison.
Seberang Prai prison director Zulkifli Abdul Manah said the two officers had worked in the same new block with inmates who had before this tested positive.