The National Institute for Communicable Disease will commence with mass screening and testing today at the East London Female Correctional Centre. File picture: African News Agency (ANA)
The National Institute for Communicable Disease will commence with mass screening and testing today at the East London Female Correctional Centre. File picture: African News Agency (ANA)

East London prison official in a 'stable condition' after testing positive

By Staff Writer Time of article published Apr 7, 2020

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Cape Town – An East London Correctional Centre official is recovering in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) confirmed on Tuesday.

While she is in a stable condition, the DCS has asked some of its officials at the East London Female Correctional Centre to isolate at home as they await for testing. They had been in contact with her.

“The National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) will commence with mass screening and testing on April 8 at East London Female Correctional Centre," said DCS spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.

He said preventative measures will continue to be intensified, while the mass screening schedule for all correctional centres will assist the department in its efforts to avert the transmission of the virus. 

“Correctional Services would like to appeal for calm during this period. We are committed to the well-being of offenders and officials in the department.

"Correctional Services would like to wish our official a speedy recovery as she is in a stable condition in hospital,” he said. 

The official is among the 32 Covid-19 cases recorded in the Eastern Cape, according to the Department of Health.

Cape Times

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