ADJUMANI. The Adjumani district coronavirus rapid response task force has resolved to deploy the police and soldiers to enforce the new directives issued by President Yoweri Museveni on COVID-19.

This is after a case was confirmed in the district. The 57-year-old businessman, a resident of Adjumani town council tested positive for Corona virus and is now receiving treatment at Adjumani general hospital.

During an emergency meeting chaired by the task force chairman Mr Peter Taban who doubles as the resident district commissioner (RDC) on Wednesday, the committee resolved that police and UPDF patrols should resume daily from 6:00 pm till morning.

The committee also agreed that all market activities at Lukwara, Dzaipi, Arra and Appa must be suspended.

Taban said the UPDF 503 brigade will deploy heavily at all the porous border points with South Sudan and will equally stop illegal entries in Uganda.

He warned the security personnel against extortion and directed that any aggrieved person with evidence against the men in uniform should report the case to his office for action.

The Adjumani hospital medical superintendent, Dr Michael Ambaku told the committee that the patient who tested positive is out of danger as he continues getting treatment at the facility.

Ambaku also revealed that another person, a South Sudanese refugee who traveled from Kenya last week has been quarantined at Pagirinya health center III.

The refugee who hails from Nyumanzi refugee settlement in Dzaipi sub-county was cleared by the health team after testing negative but the community in the settlement threatened to lynch him if he doesn’t get proper treatment.

Meanwhile the Adjumani district chief administrative officer (CAO) Mr Rogers Bwayo said the district is constrained by lack of funds to fight the virus. He called for the intervention of the government and international agencies in addressing the situation.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Uganda has reached 14 with three of the cases from Adjumani and Zombo districts in West Nile region.