The suspects were discharged on Tuesday morning by health officials after they all tested negative for COVID-19. Health officials and the COVID-19 task force in the district placed the suspects under quarantine on June 26 after they were suspected to have come into close contact with a 30-year-old man who tested positive for the virus in the district on June 24.
The patient is among the 16 confirmed cases from 3,455 samples tested on June, 24. The victim had come from Kasese with intentions of starting a Non-government Organization in Kakumiro town council.
After taking his samples, the victim chose to self-quarantine but later disappeared to an unknown destination after realizing that his result turned positive for COVID-19, causing tension among residents. He was however later traced and intercepted in Bwera in Kasese district where he is undergoing treatment currently.
Apollo Mugume, the Kakumiro resident district commissioner says that health officials and the district COVID-19 task force decided to release the suspects from the quarantine centre after all their blood samples tested negative for the disease.
According to the Health ministry, all persons who travelled with the positive case on July 5 from India are under observation and have been tested once for the disease. The positive case was also in quarantine by the time the virus was detected.
Meanwhile, the government also blocked the entry of 27 truck drivers whose samples tested positive at the point of entry on Monday. They include 24 Kenyans, two Congolese and 1 Eritrean.
As of today, a total of 896 cases have been discharged in the country. There are 202 active cases.