The Irish Prison Service has confirmed that three prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise.
Following the confirmation of these three positive prisoner cases, the Irish Prison Service and Midland Prison management has decided to test all prisoners.
They also confirmed that a number of staff have also tested positive.
A spokesperson said: “The Service is continuing to work closely with HSE Public Health officials in Contact Tracing and Covid swabbing is on going.
“The Irish Prison Service can confirm, to date, there are no positive prisoners in Mountjoy Prison.
“The Outbreak Control Team there is stood down as it is satisfied with the low number of positive staff cases and the situation can be managed through normal infection control measures.
“The Midlands Prison Outbreak Control Team (OCT) continues to engage with Prison Management to oversee appropriate actions to mitigate against further possible spread of the virus within the prison.
“The Irish Prison Service is working closely with HSE Public Health officials with regard to the management of the current outbreak including arrangements for Mass testing of prisoners in the Midlands Prison.”