110 Inmates At Mutimurefu Prison Contract Coronavirus

110 prisoners at Mutimurefu Prison in Masvingo have tested positive for COVID-19, Masvingo Mirror reports.

The publication reported sources saying of the 150 prisoners tested so far, 110 are positive.


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Inmates at Mutimurefu, one of the largest prisons in the country, are being tested in batches of 75.

Reports indicate that 53 prisoners tested positive on Wednesday last week while 57 tested positive on Sunday.

Masvingo Provincial COVID-19 taskforce spokesperson Rodgers Irimayi confirmed the Wednesday figure to Masvingo Mirror but said he was yet to get the Sunday figure.

Zimbabwe’s overcrowded prisons are considered high risk for inmates as the respiratory diseases can be transmitted easily.

Recently, MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere tested positive for COVID-19 soon after she was released on bail following week-long detention.

Another MDC Alliance official, Jacob Mafume, had to self-isolate when he came out of jail on bail after three of his cellmates succumbed to COVID-19.

More: Masvingo Mirror

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110 Inmates At Mutimurefu Prison Contract Coronavirus