According to information obtained by URN, shortly after his arrival into the country from China where he had traveled for leave, the Chinese national called up the company driver to pick him up from Entebbe International Airport.
was panic at a popular hotel in Arua town on Wednesday when it emerged that a Chinese
national had checked in to isolate himself following his return from China.
The Chinese national, whose identity has been withheld
and works with Chinese International Construction Company-CICO checked in at
the hotel on Tuesday.
to information obtained by URN, shortly after his arrival into the country from
China where he had traveled for leave, the Chinese national called up the
company driver to pick him up from Entebbe International Airport.
However, when the Chinese
national arrived at their company offices in Euata village in Arua, his colleagues kept a distance
and asked him to find someplace where he could isolate himself fearing that he
could be infected with the corona virus.
He asked the driver to
take him to a hotel in Arua town where he was checked in a self-contained room by some workers who didn’t know that he had just
returned from China.
The workers only discovered that their Chinese guest was in
isolation when his colleagues sent him food and protective gear.
prompted the hotel workers to alert security, who in turn alerted the District
Health Officer to assess the situation.
Dr. Paul Bishop Drileba, the Arua
District Health Officer, who led a team of health officers to the room of the Chinese
national confirmed that he was in self-quarantine.
Dr. Drileba said they asked the Chinese
national to keep in his room for 14 days, saying they will access his health status
again to clear him.
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A staff at the hotel who spoke to URN on
condition of anonymity, said the presence of the Chinese national triggered
panic among staff and guests at the hotel.
She explained that management and
staff want the Chinese national to leave the hotel.
Arua Deputy Resident
District Commissioner, Alice Akello, says the Chinese
national was relocated to another place by his colleagues due to pressure from the hotel.
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The corona virus, which broke out in china in
December last year, spreads through contact with an infected person.