Thu. Jul 29th, 2021

By the Staff

MANILA – Incidents of the coronavirus disease at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) has risen to 19 after 18 more infections were recorded among inmates Tuesday aside from a CIW personnel.

The BuCor said the Philippine Red Cross conducted 51 PCR tests on Tuesday after a 72-year-old detainee at the CIW tested positive in a routine COVID-19 check among inmates recently.

“19 Covid-19 positive out of 51 persons tested,” BuCor said.

“Those tested positive were reported to have mild symptoms and some are asymptomatic. They are now being monitored and given vitamins, medicines and food supplements to strengthen their immune system,” the bureau said.

BuCor said contact tracing is now being conducted to identify those who came in close contact with the COVID-19 patients at CIW and to place them in isolation.

“Quarantine areas were previously identified and now being used. Further testing on all persons who are suspect and probable,” it added.

The bureau also said it is beefing up medical personnel at the CIW and enhancing partnership with public hospitals for the admission of patients who need hospital care.

But BuCor admitted that the “CIW needs more vitamins for PDLs, food supplements that promote the immune system, beds and big tents.”

Temporary releasing of virus-prone and ageing inmates in overcrowded jails and penal facilities is being studied by the government but the Department of Justice said it would take them three more weeks to decide.

The board is also asked to look into those who are eligible for parole or executive clemency, in order to decongest penal facilities.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier explained that PDLs in BuCor facilities are those serving final judgment and may be released through Good Conduct and Time Allowance, parole or executive clemency—functions under the executive branch the Philstar said in a similar report. (ia/

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