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.
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
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
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within the region.”//
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.