Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus in prison

Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus while in prison.

The movie producer is now in isolation at the maximum security Wende Correctional Facility in New York state, law enforcement officials told Deadline.

Weinstein's reps are yet to confirm his positive test – his publicist said "our team... has not heard anything like that yet".

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He was moved from Riker's Island prison to the facility near Buffalo just days ago after being convicted for two sex crime felony charges in February.

The Oscar-winning producer was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March.

Weinstein appeared for his trial using a walking frame, and his defence cited various health issues prior to his incarceration, including back and heart problems, as a basis for a shorter sentence.

Photo by: KGC-146/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 3/22/20 Harvey Weinstein has tested posiitive for Coronavirus. STAR MAX File Photo: 1/16/20 Harvey Weinstein arrives at his sexual assault trial in New York City.

He was admitted to hospital with chest pains the day after his sentencing.

New York is the hardest-hit state in the US in terms of coronavirus cases, and is being dubbed the "epicentre" of the US outbreak, with around 5% of global cases.

The state's 43,000 prison inmates across various facilities are now considered a high-risk category.

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Attorney Gloria Allred holds a sign as she meets the press after Harvey Weinstein's sentencing, in New York, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Defense attorney Donna Rotunno meets the press outside the courthouse after Harvey Weinstein's sentencing, in New York, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this courtroom sketch, Harvey Weinstein, center, flanked by his defense attorneys, listens during his sentencing in a Manhattan courtroom, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in New York. Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. The Hollywood mogul, who has been accused of violating scores of women, was convicted of raping a once-aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on former TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
Defense attorney Donna Rotunno talks to the press after Harvey Weinstein's sentencing, in New York, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. At left is co-consul Arthur Aidala. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 3/11/20 Gloria Allred at the sentencing of Harvey Weinstein in New York City. Weinstein received 23 years in prison. (NYC)
Photo by: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 3/11/20 Donna Rotunno at the sentencing of Harvey Weinstein in New York City. Weinstein received 23 years in prison. (NYC)
Harvey Weinstein accuser Tarale Wulff speaks to members of the press after Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for commiting two sex crimes, New York City Criminal Court in New York, NY, March 11, 2020. (Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
Weinstein attorney Arthur Aidalato (blue hat) stands and listens to Weinstein lead attorney Donna Rotunno (not pictured) speak to members of the press after Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for commiting two sex crimes, New York City Criminal Court in New York, NY, March 11, 2020. (Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
A pair of police handcuffs keep media barriers locked together as attorneys representing both victims and accusers speak to members of the press after Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for commiting two sex crimes, New York City Criminal Court in New York, NY, March 11, 2020. (Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
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40 inmates at Riker's Island have already tested positive for the virus, according to reports, though it's not known whether Weinstein contracted it while at his previous facility or the current one.

The Niagara Gazette was the first to scoop the story.

Weinstein was first arrested in 2018 on charges of sexual assault. After pleading not guilty, he was convicted in a six-week trail by jury on 24 February.

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