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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Ugandan businessman test positive for coronavirus

A Ugandan businessman was on Saturday, May 16, 2020, confirmed to have tested positive of coronavirus, the online authoritative PML Daily had reported.

The businessman, who is a resident of Bukedea district, is said to have tested positive after he left his sample at Elegu Border on his way from South Sudan.

He had always mixed with the residents when Ministry of Health officials picked him up on Saturday evening.

Three other people whom he came into contact with have been quarantined.

Uganda on Saturday confirmed 24 new cases of coronavirus—taking the country’s total to 227 infections.

District officials speak out

Dr. Steven Ikodet, the Bukedea district heath officer, said they are still looking for 13 other people he came into contact with.

“He went to a hardware shop and also played Omweso with some people so we are really busy trailing them,” Dr. Ikodet said.

He added that: “This is the time for people to realize that the disease is now near and should then understand that whatever measures government recommended should now be observed.

Mr. Moses Olemukan, the Bukedea district chairman, said the case had shocked the district asking locals to comply and stop the spread of the disease at the district.

He revealed that the suspect has been having three families and was a social person meaning must have mande contact with so many people.

“This man has three homes, and has been at the district for the last three homes so those who got in touch should tested. Let all the families and whoever contact he made come up and be tested.

The district chairperson said people in the district should observe social distancing and regard Covid 19 as a serious challenge.

Bukedea Woman MP Ms Anita Among said it was time locals stopped thinking that covid-19 is a distant disease.

“When we find a positive case within the district, it means that we can nolonger think it is distant, so we should take measures given seriously to avoid getting the disease, especially washing hands and observing social distancing,” Ms Anita said

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