How 11 Kids Of Watoto Church Choir Ended Up Contracting COVID-19

Posted on Apr 01, 2020
By Sean Musa Carter
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Uganda’s confirmed cases of Covid-19 now stand at 44, with 11 new cases that tested positive on Tuesday coming from the Watoto Kids Choir of 11 that had just flown back home. Watoto has now revealed how they ended up contracting the terrible virus.

President Yoweri Museveni made the revelation of the 11 new cases as he addressed the nation on Tuesday evening, on measures being undertaken by government to prevent the spread of the virus.

On Monday, health authorities conducted tests on 82 samples and all tested negative. A total of 176 samples were tested on Tuesday and 11 tested positive.

Although the Ministry of Health is yet to release details of the 11 new cases, Museveni said that majority of them are children under Watoto Church children’s choir who contracted the infection while on their regular tours abroad. They have been under quarantine since their arrival to Uganda.

In a statement released by Watoto, the church said the children’s choir recently returned from the UK and Canada following the pandemic and they suspect it is where they could have got infected.

“Two weeks ago, two of our Watoto Children’s Choirs returned from the UK and Canada following the global COVID 19 pandemic. The two teams are comprised of 12 children and 10 adults each. As per government requirements, both choirs have been quarantined at government approved centres in Entebbe, since their arrival at Entebbe International Airport on 20 March 2020,” said Pastor Julius Rwotlonyo, the Associate Team Leader at Watoto.

Pastor Julius Rwotlonyo

According to the church, on March 27, 2020, one of their adult chaperones presented mild symptoms on return from UK and later tested positive of coronavirus but was isolated from other members.

“Upon further testing, 3 more adults and 1 child on the same choir tested positive. Following procedure, these individuals were immediately isolated from their group and taken for treatment. Other tests were also done for the remaining choir members. We have also learnt that an additional 6 children and 3 adults on the same choir have also tested positive and will immediately be taken for treatment. We are grateful to the Ministry of Health and their health officials, who are working hard to provide adequate care for our children and adults, and all of those affected at this time.”

“As we continue to pray for the full recovery of the affected choir members, and the health and safety of everyone in this season, we encourage everyone to uphold the Ministry of Health guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.”

The church applauded President Museveni and the entire government for efforts in fighting the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

“Let’s all continue to be vigilant in taking the necessary steps to combat the spread of the virus as we continue to pray. We believe that God will carry us through this season.”

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