The first infection came to light last week. A wing of the prison was then placed in isolation and all inmates there were tested. When six more infections emerged, everyone had to undergo a corona test. Inmates are regularly tested in all Belgian prisons.
On Saturday, angry relatives of inmates gathered at the prison in Namur to express their dissatisfaction with the quarantine measures. All visits have been suspended and the prisoners are not allowed to leave their cells. There will be no showering for the time being and airing has also been discontinued.
The prisoners are given hygiene products to disinfect their cells themselves. Despite the high number of infections, there are still enough guards available, the prison has said. As a result, the police do not have to step in yet.