South Sudanese arrested, isolated in Gulu

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Five South Sudanese nationals have been isolated for coronavirus testing in Gulu district, northern Uganda.

Authorities say two of the five were aboard the same flight as the first confirmed case in Uganda but escaped self-quarantine from a Kampala hotel.

A Coronavirus Task Force intercepted them at Elegu Border Post in Amuru District on their way to South Sudan.

They arrived at Entebbe Airport from Dubai on March 21 and after going through the procedures at the airport, they were ordered to start a 14-day self-quarantine in a Kampala hotel.

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On Monday morning, they reportedly sneaked out of the hotel and set off to South Sudan in a special hire taxi, according to the task force chairperson, M Martin Ojaara Mapenduzi who is also the Gulu District chairman.

The task force team brought them back to Gulu town where they have been quarantined with maximum security.

Mapenduzi said the medical team is doing everything possible and samples were being taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute] in Entebbe for a test.

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