Covid-19: Three arrested, quarantined for flouting guidelines

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People observing social distance to avoid spreading of Covid-19 at Savane Resttlement Centre, Dondo District, Sofala Province in Mozambique on 31 March 2020 Photo: WFP/Rafael Campos

Three people have been arrested before being quarantined for breaching President Yoweri Museveni’s directives on preventing the spread of coronavirus in Buliisa District.

The Buliisa Assistant District Health Officer (ADHO), Mr Titus Sabiiti, identified the trio as one Congolese national, Onyirwothoto Birinyo, 51, Pastor Ongoyi Oyorwoth, 45, of Kyagulyeki Born Again Church and Francis Omirambe, 49.

The ADHO told our reporter on Friday that the three were arrested after being found breaching a four-metre- social distance guideline required to guard against catching Covid-19.

The three were arrested by security personnel in an operation mounted to enforce the presidential directives at Kabolwa landing site at Lake Albert in Butiaba Sub-county, Buliisa District.

Mr Sabiiti added that the men were forced to be quarantined after the authorities realised that one of them-Birinyo was a Congolese national who could pose a health threat to the rest who were even not concerned about the pandemic.

“The suspects were handed to police who also forwarded them to the coordinator for isolation. Their samples have already been taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Entebbe, for examination,” he said.

Mr Sabbiti warned people against reckless associations which could endanger their lives, encouraging them to maintain social distancing and wearing face masks.

The ADHO urged the community to report to the authorities any new people in their areas to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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