Effective today the Belize Central Prison is on a 21-day lockdown. This is the move that has reportedly sparked a riot of sorts that erupted inside Tango Seven at the prison this morning. Later in the news we’ll tell you to what degree the prisoners rioted. For now, CEO for the Prison Virgilio Murillo explained just how necessary this lockdown is.
Virgillio Murillo, CEO, Kolbe Foundation: “We’d need to still institute the lock down because we’re trying to give the eight cases that we currently have time to heal. We’re hoping that after the twenty one days or even before the twenty one days if all goes well that we should be able to lift the lockdown because all the cases that we have so far the eight males and the five females they would be healed by then because it’s thirteen total right now. Of course we want to prevent other new cases from being imported so the lock down is really to protect them because if COVID gets into the prison any more it can be devastating for them and the lockdown is not only the lock down from the public not being able to come here it is literally a lock down where inmates from one building will not traverse to another building so we’re being very strict with that.”