The coronavirus pandemic has spread to Zimbabwe’s jails, with six cases recorded in two of the country’s prisons, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Monday.

She said three cases had been recorded at Beitbridge prison and another three at Plumtree prison.

In both prisons, two of the infected people were inmates and one a prison official.

Mutsvangwa said visits to the affected prisons had since been banned while the infected inmates had been put in isolation.

The infected prison officials were isolating at home.

“We have now recorded positive cases in our prisons. In order to contain the virus, no visitors are allowed at Beitbridge and Plumtree correctional facilities,” the minister said.

The country’s COVID-19 cases stand at 178, with the majority of cases being imported.

Deaths remain at four while those who have recovered are 29.

The country has done a total of 45,395 COVID-19 tests to date. Enditem

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