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200 inmates, warders quarantined as prisons confirms first Covid-19 case

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By NOBERT ATUKUNDA

At least 199 inmates and 24 Prisons officers are currently under quarantine at Kaiti prison in Namutumba District for 14 days after a former inmate tested positive for Covid-19.

Mr Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Service spokesperson, yesterday said the confirmed case was arrested for defying the presidential directive in Mayuge District and had so far spent four days in prison.

“After handing him over to the Ministry of Health, we have gone ahead to quarantine the whole prison, with prisoners and staff there for 14 days. Today (Wednesday), we are expecting officials from the Ministry of Health to come and carry out random sample collecting,” Mr Baine said.

The confirmed case was to be released on Monday.

“Right now he is in Jinja, he is no longer prisoner because he was discharged that very day on Monday…,” Mr Baine said.

Mr Baine said they were alerted after one of the contacts of the confirmed case tested positive for Covid-19.

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“One of his contacts had presented with symptoms before he tested positive for Covid-19 so we were alerted,” Mr Baine said.

Mr Baine said the former inmate had been in isolation since his arrest, although he said the prison has to be put under quarantine to establish how safe the environment is as they also wait for the Ministry of Health to carry out random sampling.

“New comers have limited interaction with the rest of the inmates. We identified several isolation centres where we put them,” Mr Baine added.

As of yesterday, Uganda had registered 665 cases of Covid-19, with 119 recoveries and zero death.

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Live Updates COVID-19 CASES
  • World 18,697,882
    World
    Confirmed: 18,697,882
    Active: 6,079,797
    Recovered: 11,913,854
    Death: 704,231
  • USA 4,918,416
    USA
    Confirmed: 4,918,416
    Active: 2,276,508
    Recovered: 2,481,618
    Death: 160,290
  • South Africa 521,318
    South Africa
    Confirmed: 521,318
    Active: 148,683
    Recovered: 363,751
    Death: 8,884
  • Nigeria 44,433
    Nigeria
    Confirmed: 44,433
    Active: 11,672
    Recovered: 31,851
    Death: 910
  • Kenya 23,202
    Kenya
    Confirmed: 23,202
    Active: 13,487
    Recovered: 9,327
    Death: 388
  • Australia 18,730
    Australia
    Confirmed: 18,730
    Active: 7,876
    Recovered: 10,622
    Death: 232
  • South Sudan 2,437
    South Sudan
    Confirmed: 2,437
    Active: 1,215
    Recovered: 1,175
    Death: 47
  • Uganda 1,203
    Uganda
    Confirmed: 1,203
    Active: 125
    Recovered: 1,073
    Death: 5
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