• Sat. Oct 31st, 2020

The Nairobi Industrial Area Remand Prison will not be receiving any more remandees as from Wednesday, October 7. This is following a rise in the number of COVID-19 infections at the facility.

While giving the announcement on Tuesday, Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman said the Ministry of Health has noted an upsurge in COVID-19 cases in prisons chiefly in the Industrial Area Remand facility. Out of the 64 COVID-19 infections documented in Nairobi over the last 24 hours, 45 of them were from the Nairobi Industrial Area Remand Prison and this is 55% of the cases.

“So with regard to what we have seen in the Nairobi Remand Prison, it has been directed that the Nairobi Remand Prison will cease to receive any remandees and it will be in a closed down mode,” said Dr. Aman.‘This is to curtail the movement of persons in and out. This we hope will bring a break to the cycle of transmission.”

He further emphasized a disturbing tendency in Turkana County where 34 coronavirus cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, 33 of them being from the Kakuma Refugee Camp, with 10 being new arrivals.

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