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Sept. 14, 2021

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LCS records over 70 new Covid cases

LCS records over 70 new Covid cases

Members of the Lesotho Correctional Service

Story highlights

  • Over 50 male inmates tested positive in Maseru
  • Probe underway to establish source of virus

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LESOTHO Correctional Services (LCS) has recorded over 70 new COVID-19 cases amongst its inmate population in Maseru and Butha-Buthe, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Senior Cadet Officer Pheko Ntobane has shown.

He said over 50 male inmates from the Maseru Central Prison tested positive for COVID-19, with over 24 testing positive in Butha Bothe.  

Senior Cadet Officer Ntobane said they have still not yet established the source of the virus especially because they screen and quarantine every newly admitted inmate.

He noted that with the country now in the purple colour code, visitors are allowed in their facilities, adding however that the management of the institution has decided to stop the visitations with immediate effect in order to contain the spread of the virus.

“We are surprised with the new cases reported but working tirelessly to find out what the problem could be,” he said, adding that the COVID-19 vaccine has already been well administered among inmates and staff.

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Meanwhile, last week, the LCS admitted 45 inmates in its various institutions across the country and 15 of them were convicted of rape while seven were murder convicts.

During the same period, the institution also released a total of 33 inmates from different facilities countrywide. LeNA

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