Apac Taskforce Imposes Partial Lockdown in Amun Parish As Six Test Positive for Covid-19

Dr Mathew Emer, the Apac District Health Officer says locking the area that consists of over 5,000 residents in the nine villages will help the medical team trace over 100 contacts to the six confirmed cases.

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Apac District Covid-19 taskforce has ordered for the partial lockdown of Amun parish, Apoi Sub County after six residents in the area tested positive for Covid-19. 

The six were community cases whose samples were picked on Thursday last week. According to results released from the Central Public Health Laboratory, the positive cases are contacts of 3 confirmed positive cases who are staff of The Aids Support Organization-TASO Apac branch. 

Francis Otim, the Apac District Internal Security Officer, who is also the acting Apac Resident District Commissioner says, by Friday evening the surveillance team was still mobilizing for transport to trace all the six positive cases to be referred  to Lira Regional Referral Hospital.

He said they have instituted partial lockdown of the area in order to control further spread of the disease.

//Cue in: We got six …

//Cue Out:… discouraging big gathering,’’

Dr. Mathew Emer, the Apac District Health Officer says that putting the area under lockdown will help the medical team trace  over 100 contacts to the six confirmed cases.

According to Emer , also noted that as the medical team traces for the contacts, reopening of places of worship places in the area, operation of markets and unnecessary movement in and outside Amun parish has been banned. 

Robert Olinga Otolo, the Akokoro LCIII Chairman also caretaking Apoi Sub County called for vigilance from the community citing that the reality of Covid-19 community transmissions has already started manifesting itself.

Olinga however says residents should not take the partial lockdown in bad faith.

// Cue in: People were not… 

Cue out: their gardens.//

This is the highest number of cases registered in a single day in Apac district, bringing the total confirmed cases since March to nine.