By our reporter
Two returnees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have tested positive for Covid 19 at Kijangi Landing site on Lake Albert in Hoima District.
These are part of the twelve new confirmed Covid 19 cases that were announced on Saturday 4th July 2020 by the Ministry of Health.
Although many measures were put in place to stop the spread of COVID19 especially from the Democratic Republic of Congo, these are the first cases to be reported at the Lake shores in the Hoima district.
In March this year the Hoima district security committee suspended all fishing activities on the Lake as one of the measures to stop the spread of Covid 19.
In May the same year, the joint inter-agency task force chaired by Major General Leopold Kyanda the UPDF Chief of staff in charge Land Forces also ordered for the closure of over 100 un-gazetted Landing Sites in Hoima, Buliisa and Kikuube Districts.
Dr. Lawrence Tumusiime, the in charge of the Covid19 treatment Unit says that a surveillance team picked samples after receiving information that some of Kijangi landing site residents in Buseruka Sub county had crossed to DR Congo.
Unfortunately, a 29 year old and 33 year old both Ugandan males turned positive for Covid 19.
Tumusiime says that currently, both have fever and cough however they are still doing other preliminary tests.
Samuel Kisembo Araali, the Hoima resident district commissioner says that the two cases are fish dealers who sneaked out but notes that they are going to meet top commanders of agencies managing the border to understand what went wrong.
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