Dozens Of Ugandan MPs, Staff Test Covid-19 Positive After EAC Tournament


By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: Dozens of Ugandan legislators and their staff have tested positive for Covid-19 after participating in a regional tournament in Tanzania, as fears grow over the Omicron variant.

According to the director of communication at Parliament, Chris Obore, about 50 MPs and staff tested positive for Covid-19 but no one was hospitalized.

The tournament drew nearly 1,500 participants from the six-nation East African Community bloc, even as some member countries such as Kenya confront a surge in infections, with one in four tests turning up positive.

The legislators faced off against each other in the two-week tournament in Arusha, playing various sports including tug-of-war. 

“The games were interactive in nature, therefore the players could not strictly observe standard operating procedures,” Obore said on Twitter, adding that “in Tanzania, the population doesn’t wear masks.”

Since it was first reported in South Africa in November, the Omicron variant has been identified in dozens of countries, prompting many to reimpose restrictions, including on sporting events.

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