A Sierra Leonean on remand at a male correctional center in the capital has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the quarantine of many inmates, a statement from the Chief Justice has said.

This development came as health officials confirmed six new COVID-19 cases to take the West African country’s total tally to 99.

The man fell ill on April 20 while on remand and got admitted to the male correctional center hospital, where he confessed to escaping from a quarantine center at Cow Yard, a suburb of Freetown.

“He was referred to 34 Hospital and later to Connaught Hospital on April 24, where he tested positive for COVID-19 later on April 26,” the statement added.

Authorities have ordered fumigation at the male correctional center, and inmates of the suspect who had come into contact with the man have also been quarantined.

The Chief Justice has also ordered a suspension of court sittings at all the magistrate courts throughout Sierra Leone for one month from Tuesday to prevent the “movement of possibly infected persons from police stations through the courts and to prisons.” Enditem


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