Berhampur: With COVID-19 situation worsening in the state, as many as 48 undertrial prisoners (UTPs) lodged at Berhampur Circle Jail here have contracted the virus.
The jail authorities informed that swab samples of 84 UTPs were sent for RT-PCR test two days ago and reports of 48 have come out positive. Meanwhile, a 100-bed COVID Care Centre has been set up on the jail premises for the inmates, jail Superintendent Garib Chandra Sahu.
Currently, total 927 prisoners are lodged in the jail, he added.
Earlier in the first phase of the pandemic, several inmates of the jail had contracted the virus.