The affected pupils are from the boarding section of the school. The school headteacher, David Newton Odong, says the positive students first presented with the symptoms of malaria, which was being managed at the school.
"Most of our children have been presenting with malaria and since we had the school nurse, they have been undergoing treatment for malaria. But it was last week around Thursday when five children their condition persisted. Even after treating malaria, they were still presenting some signs like fever, vomiting and two children were having nose bleeding. When they presented that, we had to involve the health worker, we called the DHO and recommended taking samples of 5 children. Later on, results came and 3 children had tested positive for COVID-19," Odong said.
Asked whether the pupils are getting help from teachers, Odong said the teachers are very comfortable with the pupils and are teaching them separately while observing social distance. According to Odong the pupils have been well managed and are currently studying on their own.
Sarah Amongi, a parent neighbouring the school, says they are scared because some teachers from the school rent within the community and can easily transmit the virus.
He, however, called upon the community to take the standard operating procedures (SOPs) seriously since Apac district has started registering high numbers of positive cases. Cumulatively, Apac has so far registered 39 COVID-19 cases.