Panic engulfed Homa Bay GK prison Saturday after 16 out of 32 remandees whose samples were taken Thursday tested positive for coronavirus.
Homa Bay County Executive Member for Health Professor Ouma Muga said the 16 cases brought to 31 the number of positive cases in the county. The 16 remandees have been put under quarantine at an isolation center within the prison to prevent further spread of the virus in the facility.
He allayed fears of mass infections in the prison saying the 16 remandees had not interacted with other prisoners since they were newly incarcerated while some had been transferred from other prisons and were immediately put under quarantine.
Prof Muga said that they would conduct mass testing at the prison for other remandees and the prison staff adding that county health surveillance offices would also fumigate the prison to contain the spread of the virus.
By Davis Langat