AN immigration removing centre close to Gatwick airport has been compelled to shut as a result of a big Covid outbreak.
Detainees at Brook Home in West Sussex have been moved 40 miles to Colnbrook removing centre close to Heathrow.
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Brook Home Immigration Elimination Centre close to Gatwick Airport has been compelled to shut after a Covid outbreakCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
The outbreak ‘unfold like wildfire’ by way of the centre, it is claimedCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
They embrace criminals who’ve been transferred from jail on the finish of their sentence earlier than being deported and asylum seekers held there whereas their claims are being processed, it’s understood.
Twenty 5 confirmed coronavirus cases of each workers and detainees had been confirmed in the course of December however it’s understood that quantity has continued to rise.
Twenty three had been workers and two had been detainees with a number of detainees moved to Colnbrook.
A supply informed The Solar it had unfold like “wildfire” by way of the centre.
It is going to now be closed till January 16 whereas a big cleansing operation is launched.
The supply added: “This has been a serious logistical problem.
“It’s impacted the workers greater than the detainees. Initially three wings had been closed, now the entire place has shut.
“Detainees had been informed to remain of their rooms. It’s workers that has been a specific fear.
This has been a serious logistical problem
“A few of these as a result of be deported are migrants which have arrived on small boats throughout the Channel.”
A spokesman for the Residence Workplace mentioned: “In settlement with Public Well being England, now we have briefly closed Brook Home for ten days as a result of a lot of optimistic coronavirus circumstances amongst workers.
“A really small variety of detainees have been moved to a different Immigration Elimination Centre in consequence.
“The welfare of these detained in our care is of the utmost significance and we’re working carefully with our suppliers and Public Well being England to cease the unfold of the virus.
“This contains enhanced cleansing regimes throughout immigration centres and ensuring anybody who could have been uncovered to the virus self-isolates.”
A spokesman for outsourcing big Serco which runs the centre, mentioned it may affirm “there have been now not any residents in Brook Home”.
It mentioned there are 23 workers who’ve at the moment examined optimistic and who self-isolating.
Then-Residence Secretary Jacqui Smith on the official opening of Brook Home Immigration Elimination CentreCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation