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Mbarara: Five Hotels Closed after Hosting Covid19 Patients

The Mbarara City Covid19 taskforce has ordered closure of five hotels which hosted people that turned out positive for Covid19.

Emmy Turyabagyenyi Kateera, the Mbarara Deputy RDC identified the closed hotels as Rwampara Suites, Leisure Park International Hotel, Golden Monkey, Africa Guest house and Acacia hotel.

“Their operations have been suspended and all their workers isolated for 14 days for accommodating two guests who were medically examined and found infected with coronavirus” Turyabagyenyi said.

The RDC says one of the confirmed cases is an employee of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and member of the Covid-19 task from Bunagana Kisoro, who slept with his girlfriend at Acacia hotel.

He says that the girlfriend and the infected person entered Mbarara City on July 29th 2020 and the following day she left for Kampala.

“The Ministry of Health team and police are tracing her to be helped and advised to isolate for fourteen days” he said.

Another case was a money changer working in Tanzania who found his way to Mbarara with no official border record to show his entry into Uganda and when he reached Mbarara, he decided to sleep at Leisure Park International hotel before he changed to Golden Monkey in Kijungu Nyamityobora.

At Golden Monkey this man shared the same room with a friend.

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The following day, the money changer decided to test himself of coronavirus at Mbarara regional referral hospital, and he turned out positive.

He said he made the decision to get tested because he was heading to Kiruhura and people there knew him to be working in Tanzania and would not let him in before confirming he was free of the virus.

The two patients are currently receiving medical care at Mbarara regional referral hospital while their contacts were taken to Mbarara district gazzeted isolation center at Rwentanga.

Turyabagyenyi warned the public that in case Mbarara continues to register more cases of coronavirus, people should be prepared for another lockdown.

Dr Peter Ssebutundi the Mbarara District Health Officer says the Mbarara district task covid-19 had suspended institutional quarantine in preference to home quarantine.

Mbarara regional referral hospital currently has eleven active cases and they have taken five contacts to Mbarara institutional isolation center for further medical management.

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