Non-government organisations (NGOs) are highly encouraged to donate face masks to the Penang prisons, as the supply for inmates is running low.
Penang Prisons director Roslan Mohamed said that the two prisons in Penang, namely the Penang Remand Prison and Seberang Perai Prison would require at least 4,500 face masks daily.
A detainee in lock-up at the Nibong Tebal police station, Seberang Prai Selatan, has tested positive for Covid-19.
It is the first such case in the state of Penang, police said.
State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said all close contacts of the detainee have since been screened.
Six more inmates tested positive yesterday for Covid-19 at the Seberang Perai Prison in Jawi, here, have been identified to be from the same block with three other prisoners who were earlier confirmed positive for the viral infection.
Penang Prisons director, Roslan Mohamed said all the nine male prisoners, aged between 34 and 56 years, were currently in stable condition and being treated and monitored by Ministry of Health (MOH) personnel.
The six inmates from the Seberang Prai Prison here, who tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday, were staying in the same block as the first three active cases.
State Prison director Roslan Mohamed said all the male inmates, aged between 34 and 56, were being treated and monitored by health officials and in stable condition.
He said the six inmates had just been admitted into the prison two weeks ago to serve their respective sentences.
The second Covid-19 test, conducted on all Penang Remand Prison staff with close contact to inmates infected with the virus, has come back negative.
Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said they obtained the results yesterday to ensure all staff with close contact were free from Covid-19.
The public is sick and tired of the political turmoil in the country especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic, an Opposition assemblyman told the Penang state legislative assembly today.
Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia-Bertam) said any political turmoil in the government will lead to a negative impact on the people and their livelihood.
Penang hopes to break the chain of Covid-19 infection with the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in the Penang remand prison and the Penang prison department quarters.
"With the implementation of the EMCO, we hope to break the chain of infection in the remand prison cluster.
The Penang remand prison and the Penang Prisons Department's quarters will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
This was decided in a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting today and announced by Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a press conference streamed live this afternoon.
The EMCO in these two areas will take from midnight Oct 15.
The 19th inmate inside the Penang Remand Prison, confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 yesterday, was in a different cell from the previous 18 inmates.
Its director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said the inmate was staying in a separate cell but in the same block as the 18 confirmed cases. A 85-year-old inmate died on Oct 5.
"Another inmate was confirmed positive yesterday and he was staying in a separate cell with the other positive cases.
All 320 Penang Remand Prison staff who have undergone the first Covid-19 screening since October 5 have been confirmed to be free of the virus.
Its director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said the results of the screening found that all the prison staff were free of Covid-19 symptoms.
“All (320) of my staff are carrying out their duties as usual at the moment,” he told Bernama after receiving Phase 1 of the contribution of essential items for the Remand Prison by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Penang, today.
Three more prisoners who tested positive for Covid-19 at the Penang Remand Prison yesterday are those placed in the same cell as the inmate who died from the disease on Oct 5.
Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said there were 26 prisoners in the cell, and after the prison received information that the inmate who died was Covid-19 positive the remaining 25 were immediately isolated and quarantined.
The seven Penang Remand Prison inmates who were tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday, had shared the same cell with eight others tested positive earlier.
All are being treated at the Penang Hospital and reported to be in a stable condition.
Penang Remand Prison director Mohamed Jusoh Ismail said the seven inmates tested positive yesterday were in the same cell as the 85-year-old inmate who had died on Monday.