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456 Corona Suspects Discharged in Masindi

The suspects include 331 from Masindi Police Barracks, 22 from Masindi Hospital, 43 from Masindi Public Primary School, 34 from Masindi Army Barracks and 26 from Kabalega Secondary School.
Masindi Hospital COVID-19 Quarantine Center. Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Over 450 people have been discharged from different centres in Masindi District after completing the 14 days of mandatory quarantine period for Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19.  

The suspects have been under institutional quarantine at the five centres which include Masindi Public Primary School, Kabalega Secondary School, Masindi Hospital, Masindi Army Barracks and Masindi Police Barracks.

Out of a total of 456 suspects, 331 from Masindi Police Barracks, 22 from Masindi Hospital, 43 from Masindi Public Primary School, 34 from Masindi Army Barracks and 26 from Kabalega Secondary School.

They went into quarantine after they were suspected to have come into close contact with a 29-year-old police detective attached to Masindi central police station, who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 2, during the on-going Rapid Assessment survey.

The patient is undergoing treatment at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital.    

Dr Rogers Musinguzi, the Head of COVID-19 Case management team in Masindi district, says that the suspects were discharged after they all tested negative twice for COVID-19.

Dr Patrick Baguma, the Acting District Health Officer-DHO, cautioned the discharged suspects to continue respecting all the guidelines put across by the government in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed more than 300,000 people globally.

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One of the discharged suspects who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity commended the district health officials for the support and guidance offered to them during the two weeks in quarantine.

Uganda has recorded 248 COVID-19 confirmed cases. Out of these, 63 have been discharged after recovering from the virus.

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