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COVID-19 contact escapes from quarantine centre 

By Benedict Okethwengu

Added 6th May 2020 02:27 PM

Sources say the woman (name withheld) had previously been in contact with one of the four Tanzanian cargo truck drivers who, upon examination in Uganda, tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 contact escapes from quarantine centre 

Officials walk past the quarantine centre in Zombo district

Sources say the woman (name withheld) had previously been in contact with one of the four Tanzanian cargo truck drivers who, upon examination in Uganda, tested positive for COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 | QUARANTINE

Security in Nebbi district is hunting a coronavirus (COVID-19) suspect who reportedly escaped from the district quarantine centre on Sunday. 
 
The suspect, a resident of Nebbi town, was put in isolation at Nebbi Town SS after it was established that she had been in contact with coronavirus patients. 
 
Sources say the woman (name withheld) had previously been in contact with one of the four Tanzanian cargo truck drivers who, upon examination in Uganda, tested positive for COVID-19. 
 
The four drivers, including one that was brought from DR Congo, have since last week been in isolation at Arua Hospital. 
 
Multiple sources say, the woman, who escaped under the cover of darkness on Sunday, could be hiding in Pamoro village in Angal-Nyaravur town council. 
 
Rachel Adiyango, the Nebbi deputy Resident District Commissioner, confirmed the development on Monday. 
 
Adiyango said efforts were being made to trace and re-admit the woman at the centre. 
 
"Our teams are trying to establish her whereabouts so that she is isolated as recommended by health experts,'' she said. 
 
Adiyango appealed to persons at the quarantine centres to observe isolation, saying being quarantined by the Government is life-saving for the isolated persons and their families. 
 
She also appealed to the residents to be on the watch and report anyone who escapes from the quarantine. 
 
A source at the district health offices said samples from the fugitive had been taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe. 
 
Ten people have been put under quarantine and four under isolation at the hospital as they await results. 
 
Residents who spoke to The New Vision on condition of anonymity said it was not the first time the woman was escaping out of isolation. 
 
"We pray that the escapees' COVID-19 results turn out negative, otherwise she has interacted with many people," the source said.

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