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Rakai Hospital Closed Down After Surgeon Tests Positive For COVID-19

By Our Reporter

The Ministry of Health has decided to temporarily close down Rakai Hospital after one of the surgeons tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to our sources, the surgeon (names withheld on request) tested positive for COVID-19 following tests conducted by the Ministry of Health on Sunday September 20th,2020.

Immediately after receiving results of the tests, we have established that Ministry officials went to Rakai Hospital and took the surgeon into mandatory quarantine, plus all his colleagues with whom he was working in the hospital’s theatre, before they announced a temporary closure of the health facility.

The Ministry officials have since embarked on a hunt for all his contacts and alerts such that they can be taken into quarantine.

It should be noted that Uganda currently has 6,468, out of which 2,616 have recovered and 63 have succumbed to COVID-19.

This comes after the Ministry revealed that results of COVID-19 tests done on 20 September, 2020 confirmed 181 new cases.

The breakdown of the new cases:

Contacts  and alerts (157):Kampala (73),Mbale (19),Kapchorwa (26), Soroti (10),Jinja (5),Kaberamaido (5),Kumi (3), Buikwe (2),Iganga (2),Isingiro (2), Ngora (3), Busia (1), Kaliro (1),Kanungu (1), Masaka (1), Rakai (1), Sironko (1) and Wakiso (1).

The new cases include 20 Returnees from India, 1 from Tanzania and 3

Truck drivers  who entered through  Malaba Point of Entry.

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