Tuesday, 12 May 2020 13:00


The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has noted a resurgence of positive cases in East London, where 98 inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

“Additionally, six officials and three inmates were confirmed to be positive in the Western Cape, whilst Kimberly registered one  case of an official. As a result, the total number of positive cases is now at 321,” said DCS spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.

In a bid to curb the further spread of the virus, the department appointed a medical advisory panel and an additional 393 nursing personnel, to avail immediate expertise in the management of infections, prevention and control measures.

“This measure is also aimed at strengthening the capacity of the department in dealing with COVID-19, particularly in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape,” said Nxumalo.

The department said the number of recoveries has increased to 92.


The provincial breakdown of COVID-19 cases is as follows:

Eastern Cape - 223       

Officials - 50

Inmates - 173

59 recoveries

2 deaths


Western Cape – 81

Officials - 73

Inmates – 8

Recoveries - 30

One death  

Limpopo - 2

Officials - 2

Inmates - 0

One recovery


Gauteng - 13

Officials - 4

Inmates - 9

One recovery


Northern Cape

Officials - 1


Head Office

Officials – 1

One recovery.