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SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS PATIENT ISOLATED IN KANUNGU

By Mulengera Reporter

Locals in the south-western Uganda district of Kanungu are in panic after a tour guide suspected of being infected with the deadly Covid-19 Coronavirus disease was quarantined at Kihihi Health Centre IV in Kihihi Town Council.

According to sources at the health facility, the suspected patient is a resident of Kamene in Kihihi Sub County. A career tour guide, the patient took himself to the health centre on Saturday after he suffered symptoms similar to those of the disease that has claimed over 6,000 the world over.

He had experienced signs, including chest pain, flu, fever, cough and a cold, since Wednesday. The medical personnel at Kihihi Health Centre IV quarantined the suspected patient as soon as he reported to the facility.

It has also emerged that the suspect had guided Canadian tourists over a fortnight before he exhibited Covid-19 symptoms. Canada has confirmed over 300 cases of the respiratory disease.

Until blood samples taken from the suspect have returned from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe where they were sent for analysis at the weekend, it won’t be easy to know if the suspect is Covid-19 positive or suffering from another respiratory disease.

Meanwhile, Uganda remains on high alert after three of her neighbours – Rwanda, Kenya and the DR Congo – confirmed cases last week.

On Sunday, Rwanda’s health ministry announced four new cases of Covid-19 that are unrelated to the first one involving a traveller from Mumbai, India. One of Kigali’s new patients is a Ugandan man, 22, who came to Rwanda from London on Sunday.

At the weekend, Kenya, Uganda’s eastern neighbour, registered two new cases. President Uhuru Kenyatta has since directed that learning institutions be closed.

About 20 African countries have reported at least one case of the disease first reported in China but has since spread to the rest of world, and largely disrupted life in Europe in recent weeks.

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