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BuCor requires face masks, antigen tests amid COVID-19 cases

Individuals visiting the offices of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) are required to wear face masks and present negative rapid antigen test results.

This comes amid the increase of COVID-19 cases at the NBP and Correctional Institution for Women.

BuCor Health and Services Acting Director Dra. Ma. Cecilia Villanueva said that out of the 577 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) tested this week, a total of 55 PDLs tested positive for the virus.

Of this, 30 had mild symptoms while 22 were asymptomatic.

The agency said one personnel also tested positive for COVID-19.

According to BuCor, the first batch of 32 PDLs who tested positive must undergo a rapid antigen test on Friday before they can be discharged.

“We will continue to undertake contact tracing just to make sure that our personnel and PDLs are safe,” Villanueva said in a statement.

Visitation privileges, meanwhile, remain suspended— Joahna Lei Casilao/RSJ, GMA Integrated News