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39 Workers of Chinese Road Firm Test Positive For COVID-19

Godwin Tashobya, the Public Relations Officer of Shengeli Engineering Construction Company told Uganda Radio Network (URN) in an interview on Thursday morning that 39 workers tested positive for COVID-19. He says that staff that tested positive have been asked to self-isolate and be treated. Tashobya adds that the company continues to ensure the safety of the workers and the community.

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Workers of Shengli Engineering Construction Company undertaking works on Kabwoya-Kagadi-Kyenjojo road have tested positive for (COVID-19). The Chinese firm is undertaking the construction of the 103kilometer road at Shillings 214 billion. The road is part of the 238km Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba Road.  

The company employs more than 600 workers engaged in different activities. Godwin Tashobya, the Public Relations Officer of Shengeli Engineering Construction Company told Uganda Radio Network (URN) in an interview on Thursday morning that 39 workers tested positive for COVID-19. 

He says that staff that tested positive have been asked to self-isolate and be treated.  Tashobya adds that the company continues to ensure the safety of the workers and the community.

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He says the road works were to end in July because they were in the final stages to have the road handed over to the government.

Lillian Ruteraho, the Kagadi Resident District Commissioner -RDC who doubles as the Kagadi district COVID-19 Taskforce chairperson, says that after the 39 workers tested positive her office gave the company a go-ahead to temporarily suspend operations for fourteen days since the disease was likely to spread to other workers.  

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She says by Wednesday the district had registered 85 active COVID-19 cases ever since the second wave was reported in the country. She said these include health workers, community members and employees of different companies operating in the district.

Ruteraho attributes the surge of COVID-19 cases in the district to laxity in observing the Standard Operating Procedures -SOPs. 

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