400 prisoners at an Alicante Province prison have gone into self-isolation after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19.

Inmates at Villena Prison have been confined as a preventative measure after similar precautions were taken at Alicante´s Fontcalent Prison following the infection of four prisoners and a health worker.

The teacher at Villena came into contact with prisoners in four classes and all of them are now confined to their cells.

The prison officers union, TAMPM, says that prison workers have been one of the ‘forgotten’ groups during the pandemic and have to put with extra abuse from inmates who resist following coronavirus protocols.

A prisoner at Albocàsser in the northern area of the Valencian Community recently stabbed three officers in a row over COVID-19 restrictions.

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