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10 People Isolated in Gulu for Defying COVID-19 Guidelines

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the District LC 5 Chairperson revealed that the suspects were tracked down by the COVID-19 Gulu Taskforce backed by police pursued the individuals and managed to confine them under strict conditions.

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Ten people who include five Ugandans and five South Sudanese have been isolated in Gulu Town for defying the 14 days’ quarantine precautionary measure as a safe guard against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Three of the five Ugandans had recently returned from abroad and were moving freely in the District without adhering to the mandatory directives to prevent the spread of the virus.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the District LC 5 Chairperson revealed that the suspects were tracked down by the COVID-19 Gulu Taskforce backed by police. He said the are now confined under strict conditions.

Mapenduzi intimated that security team also managed to intercept three other South Sudanese nationals who traveled from Juba to Entebbe a few days ago. He said when the three were asked to be under quarantine, they disobeyed the directives and sneaked back to Kampala and later on proceeded to Gulu enroute to South Sudan.

This number brings to 10 people who are in isolation including two South Sudanese and two Ugandan drivers intercepted on Monday at the Uganda-South Sudan cross border Town of Elegu in Amuru District.

According to Mapenduzi, samples of the suspects were extracted and taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe for screening. He also warned that refusing to comply with the precautionary directives tantamounts to disobedience of lawful orders punishable by law.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN that over 90 people have been arrested for defying Presidential directive since commencement of the implementation of the precautionary measures last week.

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The COVID-19 Gulu Taskforce has designated Pearl Afrique Hotel in Pece Division, Gulu Municipality as an emergency isolation center while the team is also inspecting National Teachers’ College Unyama and Sir Samuel Baker School to be considered as possible quarantine centers.

Uganda through the Health Ministry has already confirmed 14 cases of the deadly COVID-19 in the country including two Chinese nationals.