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East London prison officials awaiting COVID-19 results in self-isolation

7 April 2020 11:41 AM
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Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says a female official tested positive after attending a funeral.

The Department of Correctional Services says officials at the East London female correctional service are in self-isolation after one of their colleagues tested positive for COVID-19.

Spokesperson for the department Singabakho Nxumalo says the female official alerted healthcare workers as required by the protocol that she was not feeling well.

The Eastern Cape currently has 32 cases of confirmed COVID-19.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Nxumalo says they are intensifying preventative measures.

RELATED: NICD announces successful genome sequencing to find out how COVID-19 spreads

The official is stationed at the East London female correctional facility. When this was brought to our attention it was in line with the standard operating procedure, which says whenever you are not feeling well you need to report.

Singabakho Nxumalo, Spokesperson - Department of Correctional Services

The female reported she was not feeling well and there was a screening done. During the screening she reported she attended a particular funeral. We arranged for the test to be done and the results came back positive.

Singabakho Nxumalo, Spokesperson - Department of Correctional Services

Nxumalo says the National Institute for Communicable Disease said they have to screen and test everyone in the facility.

We have about 260 inmates and all of them are being screened and tested, including the officials.

Singabakho Nxumalo, Spokesperson - Department of Correctional Services

The officials who have been in contact with the official who tested positive have been isolated and told to stay at home.

Singabakho Nxumalo, Spokesperson - Department of Correctional Services

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7 April 2020 11:41 AM
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