2 more Cebu jail facilities confirm new COVID-19 cases

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Cebu City (CNN Philippines, April 30) — The Cebu provincial jail and Lapu-Lapu City jail are now included in the list of detention facilities in Cebu that have been hit by the coronavirus disease.

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia announced on Wednesday that 18 inmates from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) tested positive for COVID-19. The jail has also recorded its first coronavirus-related death — a 44-year-old male detainee from Catmon, Cebu.

Garcia said that the 18 inmates were already isolated from the general jail population even before their test results came because they exhibited influenza-like illness, prompting jail officials to isolate them as part of protocol.

Upon initial investigation, Garcia said a male administrative staff from the jail facility could have been the source of the infection.

The male staff, who was later found positive for COVID-19, has defied the order to stay-in at the jail facility instead of going home daily. It was reported that the staff continued to go to his house in Barangay Sambag Dos in Cebu City.

"Apparently that was not strictly followed...That's the weak point," the governor said.

The Lapu-Lapu City jail on Wednesday also recorded one jail officer contracting the virus.

CPDRC's neighboring facility, Cebu City Jail, has already recorded a total of 212 infections of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Mandaue City recorded one inmate infected with COVID-19 last April 24.

There are a total of 631 cases of COVID-19 in Cebu, as recorded by the Department of Health Central Visayas.