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PM Rugunda In Self-isolation For Covid-19

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Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda is in self-isolation after some of his contacts tested positive for Covid-19.

The Prime Minister tweeted on Friday that “Friends, I have gone into self-isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for #COVID19. My own test result is negative, however, I have taken this decision as a health recommended measure,”

The prime minister’s results were among the 2,267 samples that were tested on Thursday for the disease.

Rugunda, one of many ministers that were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday is also the head of the COVID-19 government task force.

He becomes the first senior government official to be isolated since the first cases of coronavirus disease was recorded in Uganda in March.

From the results that were released on Friday morning, 35 new cases were confirmed. 15 of the cases were from truck drivers while 20 cases were from alerts and contacts to truck drivers or people who have tested positive for the disease.

According to health regulations, the prime minister will self-isolate for 14-days.

During those 14 days, health ministry officials are supposed to check on him once a day and take his vitals.

If he does not develop any COVID-19 related symptoms, he will be retested after the 14-days and given an isolation permit which confirms that he has tested negative for the disease.

Dr Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health told Mega Fm this morning that the decision to test ministers was made after they were identified as a high-risk group.

Dr Rugunda has in recent weeks held meetings with various teams that were donating to the National COVID-19 task force as well as teams that were distributing food in some areas of Kampala. He was also among the key government officials that were part of the presidential briefings on Coronavirus Disease.

Meanwhile, the Kitgum District COVID-19 task force has traced and placed under self-quarantine five contacts to a Health Ministry’s Commissioner who tested positive for Coronavirus Disease.

He had visited the areas of Gulu, Kitgum and Lamwo, as part of the fact-finding and community sensitization mission by the Ministry of Health.

They allegedly met some members of the district task force and other health workers, toured Kitgum General Hospital Maternity Ward, and were hosted for a talk show on one of the radio stations.

Kitgum District Chairperson Jackson Omona also a member of the COVID-19 task force told Mega Fm that all five contacts were traced between Wednesday and Thursday morning and subsequently tested for Coronavirus Disease.

Meanwhile, a Radio Presenter that hosted the commissioner at one of the radio stations in Kitgum started his self-quarantine on Sunday.

In Gulu District, more than five people who were possible contacts to the health officials including the Gulu District Chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Resident District Commissioner Maj Santos Okot Lapolo and some radio presenters have been quarantined.    

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