The Correctional Services Department has recorded nine new COVID-19 cases. The cases relate to five remanded detainees at Kgosi Mampuru II prison and four officials from the Western Cape.
One of the officials who tested positive in the Western Cape passed on Monday night and an investigation by the Department of Health is under way to determine the cause of death.
Correctional Services now has 138 positive cases, three officials have recovered. Eastern Cape has the highest number of cases with 35 officials and 56 inmates. The Western Cape follows with 36 cases, 35 of which are officials.
“Mass screening and testing has been pivotal for the Department of Correctional Services as it enables the gauging of the actual spread of COVID-19 which leads to immediate containment and treatment of those testing positive, ” says the Department in a statement.
The Department has been working together with the Department of Health.
“DCS appreciates the good working relationship with the Department of Health as more teams are on the ground, working hard to contain any further spread of the virus whilst giving the best care possible to those testing positive. “
Mass screening and testing remains in force across all centres in order to identify hotspots and avert an unmanageable spread.
Below are the latest Correctional Services stats: