A number of inmates who tested positive for Covid-19 at the Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Centre in Caledon have been transferred to Pollsmoor.
According to the Department of Correctional Services at least 152 inmates and eight officials have tested positive for the Covid-19 at Helderstroom.
The national spokesperson for Correctional Services, Singabakho Nxumalo said some inmates were isolating in separate sections within the facility at Helderstroom, however, officials are concerned that the nearest hospital in Caledon has no bed capacity, should inmates require critical care.
Therefore the decision was taken that some inmates be transferred to Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, which is closer to a number of hospitals in the Cape metro.
“Pollsmoor is in the metropole and there are more than enough hospitals, should some of those who are positive reach a critical stage, they can be transferred into those hospitals,” Nxumalo told Cape Talk.
Adding that Helderstroom will remain on lockdown until a number of those who are positive have recovered.
The Helderstroom Maximum Correctional Centre went on lockdown last week after an increase in Covid-19 positive cases.
Restrictions at the facility include the prohibition of all visitors with the exception of legal representatives who have to submit formal requests.