More than 70 prisoners have been forced to isolate due to a Covid outbreak at HMP Grampian.
The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has confirmed nearly two dozen prisoners at the Peterhead super jail have tested positive for coronavirus.
At present there are 21 confirmed cases among inmates, with 16 of those displaying symptoms and the other five remaining asymptomatic.
As a result, a total of 72 prisoners, including those who have tested positive, are currently isolating in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.
To put the figures in context, HMP Grampian has a capacity of 474 prisoners, and usually holds around 450-460.
The outbreak led to disruption at Aberdeen Sheriff Court today, with a number of people who had been remanded in custody unable to appear either in person or via video link for sentencing.
It’s not the first time HMP Grampian has been hit by Covid.
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