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11 Watoto Choir Members Test Positive For Coronavirus, Many Still Stuck Abroad

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreck havoc across the globe with deaths now in tens of thousands people mostly in China, Europe and United States of America. With the latest figures reaching over 900,000 cases now reported globally.

According to president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is at the fore front of fighting the pandemic, Uganda has now recorded 44 cases with the latest being 11 members of the Watoto Church choir who were returning from a musical tour in U.K.

They tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in quarantine.
The president was last night clarifying on the new additional measures which he had just included on Monday on top of the previous ones to help combat the deadly virus.

The choir members were returning from UK and Canada in two separate groups of 12 children and 10 adults each. Watoto Church has also confirmed the latest developments in a statement released to the church members and general public.

“On 27 March 2020, one of our adult chaperones from the choir returning from UK, tested positive for coronavirus, after displaying mild symptoms. He was immediately isolated from the rest of the team.

Upon further testing, 3 more adults and 1 child on the same choir tested positive. Following procedure,  these individuals were immediately isolated from the group and taken for treatment. Other tests were also done for the remaining choir members.

Today, 31 March 2020, we learned that an additional 6 children and 3 adults on the same choir have also tested positive and will immediately be taken for treatment’’.  The statement reads in part.

The statement also confirms the rest of the group members travelling from Canada are safe although under quarantine in Entebbe.


‘‘Thankfully, none of the adults or children on the other choir returning from Canada has shown any signs of the virus. All of the Watoto children and mothers in our Watoto villages remain unexposed to the virus and are safe and healthy.’’

Let us continue to observe the Ministry of Health guidelines and the president’s directive to stay safe and stay home.’’

In a separate interview, one of the senior pastors also told media that, about 6 other groups of Watoto Church choir are trapped out there in different countries although no cases of coronavirus infection has been reported.

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