Who is ‘Patient Zero’ who infected 58 inmates with COVID-19 in Camp Jail Lahore?

After his test for COVID-19 returned positive, jail authorities then tested other inmates who were imprisoned with him.

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A mysterious prisoner in Camp Jail, Lahore has infected 58 inmates with COVID-19 in the last 20 days.

The jail has been turned into a 100-bed quarantine center after such a large number of prisoners tested positive for the virus. A total of 490 prisoners were in contact with patient zero, who first began experiencing the symptoms on 18th March 2020. He complained to the jail authorities about having a fever.

After his test for COVID-19 returned positive, jail authorities then tested other inmates who were imprisoned with him.

In the beginning, 19 prisoners’ tests came back positive. The authorities then came to know that patient zero had been in contact with 490 inmates. Tests of all these inmates were carried out, out of which 58 tested positive for the virus.

Who is Patient zero?

According to authorities, patient zero is a Pakistani-Italian national who came to Pakistan in December 2019. He was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Force when going back to Italy on 8th March 2020. Patient zero, whose name hasn’t been disclosed, developed the symptoms 10 days after his imprisonment.

Spokesperson of Punjab government Musarrat Cheema said remaining prisoners are being shifted to other cities, like Lodhran and Hafizabad as the jail is being turned into a quarantine center.

When asked if there is any risk of COVID-19 spreading to other jails of the province, she said that every jail has the medical facilities. But, due to the current situation, the current government has furthered empowered the dispensaries in jail.

‘’We have introduced new SOPs for jails. The jail staff, as well as the prisoners, have to follow these SOPs”, Cheema said.

She further said that the provincial government has requested the court to release those imprisoned on petty crimes or whose imprisonment period remains less than 90 days.

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  • Supreme Court of Pakistan should be sympathetic with prisoners. They’re human too, treat them ill is against the human rights and Islamic laws
    As per islamic teachings
    “Upon capture, the prisoners must be guarded and not ill-treated”
    But Pakistani Prisoners are treated as non human even in Pandemic


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