A prisoner charged with burglary offences used a face mask to hang himself while on remand in jail.

Daniel Ocasio was found in his cell at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Wednesday morning.

Prison officials and the state’s chief medical examiner said Mr Ocasio had been given the cloth mask to try and stop the spread of coronavirus in jail, the New York Times reports.

The 32-year-old from Windsor, Connecticut, was locked up on August 5 because he was unable to pay a $10,000 bond after he was charged with third-degree burglary.

Covid-19 has spread rapidly among inmates in prisons in Connecticut which resulted in the introduction of new safety rules including more testing and prisoners being asked to wear masks.

Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center is in Connecticut

However prison guards have raised concerns that masks could be used by inmates to harm themselves or others.

Mr Ocasio’s death is being investigated by the Connecticut State Police.

A police spokesman said an investigation was routine when an inmate dies in custody.

Prison guards have raised concerns that masks could be used by inmates to harm themselves or other (stock image)

The Department of Correction is also probing the death.

Spokeswoman Karen Martucci said the investigation "will leave no stone unturned" and they would be examining the cloth from the mask which Mr Ocasio used to make a ligature.

She added: “With that being said, there are all sorts of authorised materials that could be used to self-harm.

“We are not going to have a knee-jerk reaction here.”

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