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Correctional ServicesCape Times reports that a soaring number of more than 150 Covid-19 infections among inmates at the Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Centre in Caledon has been recorded despite efforts to contain the spread of the virus.  

Department of Correctional Services (DCS) spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said they have put in place stricter lockdown measures at the Helderstroom prison, including limited to almost none movement.  “Inmates cannot move to other sections inside the prison. Outsiders cannot go inside the centre, unless under pressing circumstances or emergency,” he indicated.  The DCS had placed the prison on a strict lockdown earlier on Wednesday after 87 prisoners and five officials tested positive.  In a bid to curb further spread, the department had isolated the confirmed positive cases and quarantined the presumptive cases.  Although only the Maximum Centre was affected at that stage, DCS had also placed strict protocols at the Medium Centre.  However as of Saturday, infections had almost doubled following an alarming increase of 152 inmates and eight officials who contracted the virus at the facility.  Nxumalo also said Infection Prevention Control measures were being ramped up at all management areas across the country with specific directives to push for the continued sanitization of reception areas, cells, offices, vehicles and ablution facilities.  About 9,554 positive cases have been recorded countrywide, comprising 6,152 officials and 3,402 inmates.  The department has lost 127 officials and 58 inmates due to Covid-19 related illnesses.  DCS’s tracking of the virus recorded that, as of Saturday, there had been an additional 126 cases countrywide.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Okuhle Hlati at Cape Times
  • Read too, Government ramps up efforts to stop Covid-19 breakout in prison, at TimesLIVE

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