Covid closes Rundu holding cells

28 September 2020 | Health

Kenya Kambowe

RUNDU



The Kavango East police have suspended the accommodation of inmates in the Rundu police station holding cells, which can accommodate up to 120 people, after an awaiting trial prisoner tested positive for Covid-19.

This was confirmed by acting regional commander, Deputy Commissioner Vilho Kalwenya, who told Namibian Sun that the inmate, who was transported to the Oshakati High Court for his trial and was swabbed for Covid-19 there, had returned to Rundu while his results were still pending. “For now, we have suspended the admission of inmates at the Rundu police station holding cells,” Kalwenya said, adding that police and health officials are dealing with the situation.

He said all inmates and police officers who came in contact with the inmate are also being tested.

When contacted for comment at the weekend, Kalwenya said they are still awaiting the test results of those who came into contact with the inmate who tested positive and will seek further advice from health officials thereafter. By yesterday afternoon, Namibia had recorded 10 918 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 8 749 recoveries. There were 2 049 active cases in the country, while 120 deaths from or related to the virus had occurred.

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