HMP Winchester stops face to face visits following outbreak of coronavirus in main prison

A Hampshire prison had to cancel all personal visits after a string of coronavirus cases with inmates.

On Wednesday (November 24), HMP Winchester confirmed that there had been a Covid-19 outbreak in the main prison.

As a result, in-person visits for detainees were canceled for at least 28 days.

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HampshireLive knows that only the main prison will be affected, Westhill and Hearn will remain untouched by the virus.

The prison announced on Twitter: “HMP Winchester is now in the middle of a COVID outbreak. Unfortunately we have to cancel all personal visits to the main prison (Westhill and Hearn are not currently affected) for at least 28 days.

“We apologize and encourage the use of video calling. The situation is under constant review.”

A prison service spokesman added: “Our priority is to limit the spread of the virus and protect the lives of those who live and work in our prisons.

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“We have taken precautions at HMP Winchester in accordance with public health guidelines and will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

As part of the measures to protect staff and inmates, people who test positive will be placed in self-isolation rather than a communal cell

Personnel dealing with inmates who test positive also have access to full PPE.

During the outbreak, prisoners and their families can continue to communicate using video calls.

HMP Winchester is located in the Winchester West neighborhood.

As a neighborhood, the area recorded 43 new cases and an infection rate of 431.9 per 100,000 people in the seven days leading up to November 19.

It is not confirmed how many cases of coronavirus were found in prison.

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