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Coronavirus kills 74 prison wards and inmates as 5000 people test positive in SA jails

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Coronavirus kills 74 prison wards and inmates as 5000 people test positive in SA jails

Seventy-four staff and inmates have died from COVID-19 complications at correctional facilities countrywide.

Correctional Services said 34 new cases were picked up.

It said they had around 1,288 active cases, which includes 1,120 prison officials and 168 inmates.

There’s a 74% recovery rate in the corrections community.

More than 5,000 cases in total have been recorded across prisons since March.

At least 46 officials and 28 inmates have died from the coronavirus.

Gauteng has the most deaths with 25, followed by the Western Cape with 19.

– EWN

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