The Bolivian police reported on Monday that the isolation of 200 to 250 prisoners from Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz in the east of the country was carried out after it was confirmed that one of the two deaths had occurred last week, according to one person was affected by Covid-19.
Police commanding officer Rodolfo Montero said that while there are still no suspects of the disease, the prisoners around the deceased have been isolated and tested positive for Covid. 19, according to the Bolivian newspaper “El Deber”.
“The medical protocol has already begun, people are being isolated, samples are being taken, and the Palmasola prison is currently quiet,” Montero said.
Hours later, according to Bolivia TV pictures, inmates launched a series of protests to demand more and better biosecurity measures to prevent a possible outbreak of the coronavirus after the death of their colleagues.