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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020. 6:40 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Ministry of Health issued an update on the situation inside the Kolbe Foundation.

The Ministry says that it deployed a team of officers from its headquarters and the Central Health Region to assess the developing situation at the Kolbe Foundation.

There was an initial desktop review of surveillance, containment measures, and random testing across the prison on October 27, 2020.

This has resulted in 190 samples being processed with the SD Biosensor rapid antigen tests and 90 samples being reactive for COVID-19.

Health officials are working closely with prison officials to further manage and contain the spread at the prison facility.

The Ministry has advised for further enhancement of sanitary measures to continue to safeguard the overall health of the inmates.

The Ministry says that it will continue to provide relevant support to address the surge in COVID-19 being experienced across the country.

Everyone is urged to continue to exercise all prevention measures at all times including properly wearing a mask, handwashing, social distancing, and leaving home only when necessary.

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