Suspected Coronavirus Patient Who Escaped From Quarantine Tests Negative

Samples from a suspected coronavirus patient that escaped from quarantine at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital (GRRH) have turned out negative.

The result was confirmed by the Gulu Acting District Health Officer, Yoweri Idiba shortly after Charles Okello, 22, escaped from the facility on Wednesday morning.

Gulu District Chairperson, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi explained that Okello escaped from quarantine from Gulu Referral Hospital.

The taskforce meeting chaired by Brigadier Bonny Bamwiseki, the fourth division army barracks commander tasked the district health officer to immediately find out from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) results of Okello since it had taken more than the 24 hours after submission.

Yoweri Idiba, the Acting District Health Officer for Gulu said that Okello’s samples from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) turned negative.

Okello is a resident of Lanenober parish in Lakwana Sub County in Omoro district.

Omoro district chairperson Douglas Peter Okello said that the results at least cools down fears but still said Okello must be traced and arrested for causing public panic.