Covid-19 hits  Lesotho’s prisons

Covid-19 hits Lesotho’s prisons

MASERU – THE Covid-19 pandemic is ravaging Lesotho’s prisons which has now seen 74 inmates at the Maseru Central facility being quarantined.
The infected inmates include soldiers who are facing trial for various offences.
Their names have been withheld.
thepost understands that some of the infected soldiers got affected after they were vaccinated.

The LCS Senior Cadet Officer Ntobane Pheko confirmed that they are gravely worried by the spike in Covid-19 infections in prisons.
He however could not disclose the names of the inmates who have been infected.
The 74 inmates have now been placed in quarantine at the Central Correctional Facility to separate them from others.
However, Pheko said none of the infected inmates showed any signs of Covid-19 before being tested.
“They were all still normal and healthy,” he said.

He said they conducted the tests after one inmate fell sick and was suspected of having contracted the virus hence they had to test all the inmates.
To his surprise, Pheko said those inmates tested positive immediately after they were vaccinated.
“This has put us in a critical situation as this number is big and this says there is a high possibility that the number could increase,” he said.
He said the virus has only been found in the men’s correctional facility.
“Last month in Butha-Buthe 24 inmates also tested positive but recovered quickly,” he said.

Pheko said they are deeply concerned following the surge in Covid-19 infections within the prisons.
Meanwhile, Corporal Tšitso Ramoholi was reported to be sick in the High Court on Monday after his lawyer Advocate Kabelo Letuka raised a concern that he did not see him amongst the accused soldiers.
Adv Letuka was informed by the crown counsel that he should not be shocked if he did not see his client because he was not feeling well.

’Malimpho Majoro

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