Corona-virus reaches prison cells


At least 31 remandees and prisoners in Nairobi have contracted the coronavirus, the Kenya Prison Service (KPS) said on Sunday.
According to KPS, the positive cases are from 59 inmates who had completed a 21-day quarantine stay at the Nairobi Remand and Allocation Prison after being charged in various courts.
KPS Commissioner General Wycliffe Ogallo said the test samples were collected on Thursday, May 28 as part of the ongoing mass testing and results returned yesterday.
“The Nairobi County Emergency Response Team promptly moved in and evacuated the patients to various treatment centres for case management,” he said in a statement.
He added that “perfect calm” had prevailed at the facility, allaying fears of a massive virus outbreak.
“All the convicts and remandees currently in our custody are safe,” said Ogallo.
The 129 correctional facilities in Kenya, often crowded and with compromised hygiene practices, have had strict containment measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The move has seen 11,000 petty offenders and convicts who had already served the entirety of their respective jail terms released to decongest the prisons and achieve some social distance.
KPS has also suspended visits to all prisons, borstal institutions and youth corrective training centres to contain the bug.
The disease has spread to 33 counties, the latest being Kericho which reported one case in Ainamoi area.
So far 464 people have recovered from the disease, while 63 have died.


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