Vihiga inmate tests positive for Covid-19

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  • The committee, in a statement, said four other inmates who came into contact with the patient have been isolated.

Vihiga County Covid-19 Committee is on high alert after an inmate at Mbale Prison tested positive for the new coronavirus on Wednesday.

The inmate had earlier been held at Luanda Police Station before he was convicted and jailed.

The committee, in a statement, said four other inmates who came into contact with the patient have been isolated.

"It has been confirmed an inmate is Covid -19 positive. The inmate was brought to the facility on May 28. They (prisoners) were tested on June 16 by prisons authorities," the statement reads.

The other quarantined prisoners are serving jail terms of between two and 12 months.

The statement adds that contact tracing is currently ongoing to find those who were at Luanda Police Station in late May.