Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021
News Every Day |

Caledon correctional centre on lockdown to contain spread of Covid-19 infections

Cape Town - The Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Centre in Caledon has been placed on lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 infections.

There was an increase in the number of inmates testing positive, which is now at 87, while five officials returned positive results.

As of Wednesday, 1 178 officials in the Western Cape had tested positive for the virus, while 798 inmates were infected. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) lost 25 officials in the province and nine inmates due to Covid-19.

The province recorded 80 additional cases of inmates who contracted the virus, and eight officials.

At the weekend, George Correctional Services lost its centre head, Jan Tieties, 50.

What was critical at this stage, said DCS spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo, was the activation of containment and treatment measures.

“While the process of tracing the index cases is under way, the department has isolated the confirmed positive cases and quarantined the presumptive cases. Although only the Maximum Centre is affected at this stage, DCS is leaving nothing to chance and the Medium Centre is being monitored closely.”

Nxumalo said infection prevention control measures were being ramped up at all management areas across the country, with specific directives to push for the continued sanitisation of reception areas, cells, offices, vehicles and ablution facilities.

“DCS recognises the importance of keeping and maintaining correctional facilities Covid-19 free, and will continue to invest a larger part of its disaster management planning on intensifying preventive measures.

“This also talks to daily reporting on all preventive and containment activities, as well as incidents within the correctional value chain, especially at the coalface and in departmental offices, to the DCS National Operations Centre,” said Nxumalo.

Meanwhile, the deployment of soldiers into southern Cape communities has been delayed by a day following “logistical challenges”.

The SANDF had given the green light to 40 of their Cape Town members assisting in the Garden Route and other areas to maintain compliance with the Disaster Management Act.

SANDF Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobhozi said the aim was to support police and other local authorities who had asked for help.

Cape Times

Read also

GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy says that 'everybody across this country has some responsibility' for Capitol riots

Mets Former General Manager Profile: Frank Cashen

WFAN won’t give up disgusting antics

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here