The bulk of the new infections were reported in the Western Cape, with nine prisoners testing positive. Three inmates tested positive in Gauteng, while the official who tested positive is from the Eastern Cape.
Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo stressed that the Western Cape was also recording numerous recoveries.
“Twenty-seven offenders in the Western Cape testing negative. This indicates good progress by the team of healthcare workers in the fight against Covid-19. The total number of recoveries in DCS is now standing at 170,” he said.
The number of prisoners who have died from the virus across the country remains at five.