The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa’s 243 prisons climbed to 94 on Friday, after another nine Department of Correctional Services (DCS) tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
Currently, only prisoners at the Westbank Correctional Center in East London in the Eastern Cape have tested positive for this viral disease. There are currently 56 inmates who have Covid-19.
A total of 27 prisoners living at St. Albans jail tested for the virus’s test results were negative.
Singabakho Nxumalo said in a statement that the nine new cases were among officials
In total, there are now 38 officers with the virus (one at the DCS headquarters, 29 in the Eastern Cape, seven in the Western Cape and one in Limpopo), plus the 56 prisoners in the Eastern Cape who tested positive for COVID-19.
Sinthumule says screening procedures among officers are still being carried out and the centers concerned are currently being disinfected.