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Dumarami na: 19 inmates at Mandaluyong women’s jail test positive for COVID-19

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Eighteen persons deprived of liberty and one personnel at the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City have been tested positive with the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19), the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) reported on Tuesday (April 21).

“Those tested positive were reported to have mild symptoms and some are asymptomatic,” said the BuCor in a statement as it cited the report made by CIW Supt. Viriginia Mangawit.

“They are now being monitored and given vitamins, medicines and food supplements to strengthen their immune system,” it added.

Aside from isolating the 19 persons in pre-designated quarantine areas, the BuCor said the CIW has begun contact tracing to identify those they might have exposed.

The BuCor also assured that CIW administration is also implementing regular prevention measures including the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPEs), disinfection, augmentation of medical personnel and purchase of vitamins and food supplements for PDLs.

The 19 were among the 51 persons who underwent testing conducted by the Philippine Red Cross.

The testing was made after contact tracing was made on those who might have been exposed to the 72-year-old CIW PDL who was the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the facility.

The elderly woman is currently confined at the Sta. Ana Hospital.

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