Authorities in Kabale District have in quarantine five people who allegedly returned from Dubai between 3rd March to 20th.
These will remain under surveillance for the mandatory fourteen days as authorities watch if they show any signs and symptom of the deadly coronavirus.
Dubai is one of the business cities in the world and many African countries that have so far confirmed cases of the pandemic claim their patients travelled from or through Dubai.
Paddy Mwesigye, the Kabale Municipality COVID-19 surveillance focal person while speaking to our reporter on Monday afternoon said the five, now under quarantine will have samples extracted from them, and taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe for examination.
Mwesigye revealed that they have received equipment from World Health Organization, that will enable them extract samples on Monday evening.
“The people quarantined are within their homes without any symptoms and signs of the pandemic. Their temperatures are normal. We have been directed by the Ministry of Health to extract samples from them,” Dr. Mwesigye said.
Meanwhile, officials in the district are hunting for more than thirty teachers who recently travelled who travelled from Rwanda to Uganda through porous border points.
The hunted are Ugandans who had been teaching in Rwanda while others are Rwandans escaping their country to their relatives and friends in Uganda.
Rwanda has confirmed at least seventy cases of the deadly pandemic, which is the highest in the region.
“We badly need these people to be rested for the virus, considering that Rwanda has more cases that Uganda” Mwesigye sad.
Alfred Besigensi, the acting Kabale District Health Officer commenting on the matter said local leaders around the Uganda/Rwanda border alerted them, thus launching a manhunt for the teachers.
Kabale district alone now has in quarantine 99 people, as another 94 are still quarantined at Kirigime Guest House.
Worldwide, the total number of infections recorded since the beginning of the outbreak has reached over 718,000. Some 149,000 people have recovered. More than 33,000 have died.