[UK] Gatwick immigration detention centre closed due to staff Covid cases


An immigration detention centre has been temporarily closed after several members of staff tested positive for coronavirus. The Home Office said Brook House, near Gatwick airport in West Sussex, has been shut for 10 days. It said a “very small number” of detainees had been moved to Colnbrook immigration removal centre near Heathrow.

Everyone being held at detention centres is being seen by a nurse and offered a Covid test, while face masks are provided; these are mandatory for all staff, it said.

The department would not confirm how many staff and detainees have been affected but insisted it was a “very small number”.


Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jan/08/gatwick-immigration-detention-centre-closed-due-to-staff-covid-cases
Publication: The Guardian
Writer: Nadeem Badshah