TWO prisoners in a Scottish jail have been diagnosed with coronavirus, the Justice Minister has confirmed.

Humza Yousaf said the pair, both in HMP Kilmarnock, did not require hospital treatment.

The SNP MSP tweeted: “Two prisoners in our care have tested positive for COVID-19, both in HMP Kilmarnock. SPS are working with Health Protection Scot & NHS to ensure appropriate care. Currently, affected prisoners don't require hospital treatment. Priority is safety of our staff & those in our care.

“SPS are well prepared for this situation. They have a National Pandemic Plan in place & following Public Health Guidance. Where possible, we want prisoners to be able to maintain family contact, clearly we will be guided by public health advice.”

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A Scottish Prison Service spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that two prisoners within HMP Kilmarnock have tested positive for Covid-19.

"We are working closely with Health Protection Scotland and NHS colleagues to support those in our care and are following their advice.

"Clinically-led protocols for the management and care of those who contract Covid-19 are in place and advice and guidance about steps which should be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have already been issued to staff and those in our care.

"At this time there are no restrictions on movement in place therefore establishments are continuing to operate visits as normal.

"Anyone within our care who is presenting with symptoms of Covid-19 is required to self-isolate within their cell for seven days.

"Those who are self-isolating still have access to food and medication and we are working on ways to maintain communication with friends and family."