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COVID-19: Twenty Quarantined at Masindi General Hospital

Those quarantined are five police officers, two suspects who had been arrested and detained at Masindi police station plus 13 others.


Health officials in Masindi district have quarantined 20 people at Masindi General hospital following a confirmed case with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the district. 

Those quarantined are five police officers, two suspects who had been arrested and detained at Masindi police station plus 13 others.

They 20 people quarantined are suspected to have come into contact with a 29-year-old police officer who tested positive to COVID-19 in the district on Saturday. The officer who has been staying in the police barracks has been among those enforcing curfew.

The Masindi police barracks has since been cordoned off by health officials to prevent the further spread on COVID-19.

Dr. Rogers Musinguzi, the head of COVID-19 case management committee in Masindi told Uganda Radio Network (URN) on Sunday afternoon that health experts in the district have drawn blood samples from those quarantined and sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe to ascertain whether they have the virus or not.

He adds that several other people believed to have come in close contact with the police officer while at the police station and in the police barracks are being traced by health officials.

Dr. Musinguzi has appealed to all people who might have come into contact with the police officer more especially those in the police barracks and Masindi central police station to voluntarily come out so that they can be isolated.  

On Saturday, a police officer attached to Masindi central police station tested positive to COVID-19 during the ongoing health ministry community survey. He has since been transferred to Hoima Regional Referral hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit. 

Uganda currently has 88 confirmed cases after three more people tested positive on Saturday evening.

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