More corrections officers and inmates have tested positive for the new coronavirus causing Covid-19. This brings the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the 243 correctional centers in the country to 852, of which 318 are correctional officers and 534 prisoners.
Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said in a statement that another 46 prisoners and one correctional officer in correctional centers in the Eastern Cape had contracted the new coronavirus.
In the Western Cape, another 14 correctional officers tested positive for the virus while three more correctional officials in Gauteng contracted the virus.
However, Nxumalo said the department’s recovery rate now stands at 214.