A few days after a month of violent riot in the Villa Devoto prison and while the situation in front of the different dialogue tables to come to an agreement they seemed a certain calm, in the last hours six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed and a total of 13 positives inside the prison. This was confirmed by the Federal Penitentiary Service (SPF) to Infobae. In addition, they maintained that there are already two of the patients who have recovered.
So far all the infections that have occurred have occurred on the same floor of the prison, number 2. But in the last hours that changed. Yesterday, three new infected from plant 3 were confirmed, which is separated by about 100 meters from the 2. This shows that the virus began to spread within the prison, as reported.
Thus, the informants maintained that the infected, once they had the symptoms were transferred to Unit No. 21 of the Muñiz Hospital, located at Uspallata 2,272, in the City of Buenos Aires. There they underwent a corresponding swab to check if they had the disease.
The first two cases were known last Saturday. As detailed, the first was identified as Enrique Loto who was housed in pavilion 6 of module 2. Then, Nahuel Huerta from pavilion 5 also on floor 2. At that time it was believed that the virus remained on that floor. Until yesterday.
As confirmed by the SPB, after carrying out the pertinent examinations, the cases of Miguel Ángel Maraviglia, Lorenzo Aguilar and Víctor Zelay -who also has diabetes and is a patient at risk who had requested to leave the prison; these three serve their sentence in pavilion 9 on floor 3. Finally, the case of the brother of vegetable plot, Ezequiel, who was housed in the same ward as his relative.
So, the new infected join the seven that have already been confirmed. The first was the case of Nicolás Cardozo, the young man who fell from one of the roofs of the prison on the day of the violent riot. The second infected, Roberto FontanaHe had been released from prison the day before the revolt, so he is not officially counted as one of those infected within the prison. And he was admitted to another hospital.
After these cases, those of Gustavo Barreto and Cristían Garreda, who are part of the SPF’s confirmed list with COVID-19.
In them a fact of crossed versions occurs. The detainees were wounded the day of the riot and once they were admitted to the Hospitla Pirovano, located in Monroe 3,555, they underwent a swab and there it was detected that they were infected.
The cross versions are related to how the wound that took them to the health center was produced. According to the SPF, with a White weapon and according to the detainees, with lead bullets. What happened that day is still under judicial investigation. Both were serving their sentence in ward 6 on floor 2, a few meters from the newly infected.
Thus, on May 10, four detainees from the same ward were added to the list of infected: 8 on the 2nd floor. According to reports, foreigners detained for drug sales are housed there.
As they said, Carlos Ponce Uarte, who was the first of this new group to have symptoms, was transferred to the medical center. Afterwards, three other colleagues from the same ward, identified as César Reyes Subieta, Víctor Ríos Sambrano and David Avila Pérezstarted to show symptoms and were taken to the Muñiz For security.
There because they were four detainees suffering from the same symptoms, they decided to perform the exam, which, as stated, released results positive.
Meanwhile, inside the prison the negotiation situation continues, according to what they said. So, yesterday there was a new dialogue table in which the detainees demanded that what they had agreed to be fulfilled and that review the situation of prisoners at risk to the various authorities, including the Secretary of Justice of the Nation, Juan Martín Mena.
Next Thursday, as reported, a new table will be made but this time in the Ministry of Justice of the Nation where members of the Legislative Power, executing judges, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Health will attend. Detainees expect the freedoms of those on the risk list and those who have recently been denied release, assisted, transitional, conditional, or house arrest to be resolved.
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