Leaders in Yumbe district and West Nile have expressed fears over surging COVID-19 positive cases in Bidi Bidi Base Camp. In a space of two days, the district recorded 53 positive cases all involving refugees who reportedly came from South Sudan and joined their relatives in the camp.

Reports from the revived Yumbe district COVID-19 task force indicates that most of the refugees use the 26 porous border points between Yumbe and South Sudan to cross into South Sudan and back, yet they are not screened for coronavirus disease.

Solomon Osakan, the Refugee Desk Officer for West Nile told URN that 13 refugees tested positive for the deadly disease in two lots that arrived mid last week and are currently in an isolation uni. He adds that they have resolved to close all the porous border points as a measure to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases.

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