The Masindi District COVID-19 Taskforce committee is searching for two COVID-19 contacts who escaped from quarantined at Masindi main hospital.
The two escapees are said to be among the seven people who are believed to have had a contact with a COVID-19 patient from Hoima who travelled from Afghanistan.
According to the Masindi District COVID-19 Taskforce Committee Chairperson Dr Rogers Musinguzi, the two escaped due to lack of enough security at the facility.
Musinguzi said though it is going to be costly to hunt them down, the committee has all the necessary information to trace them.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health spokesperson said that according to section 11 of the COVID-19 2020 ACT, it is illegal to escape or aid someone to escape from quarantine or isolation. Once found guilty, it can land you a prison sentence of two months.
Ainebyoona said the Ministry has of date so far obtained 855 contacts to the confirmed cases.
“We are still trying to use this partial lockdown to get all those that came in contact with the confirmed cases so that we end the spread chain,” he said.
It should be noted that the government has ordered for the search for those who were in contact with all the COVID-19 victims and the search is now going and the two were among those people who were in contact with the returnees.