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New Vision offices sealed off after staff tests positive for COVID-19



Vision Group offices in Kampala have been sealed off after a male journalist working with vernacular Bukedde newspaper tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The journalist whose samples were tested over the weekend has been picked by the ministry of Health team for treatment. The search for his contacts has also commenced, according to Vision Group chief executive officer and managing director Robert Kabushenga.

In a memo to all staff, Kabushenga said that the case is being handled under the guidance of the ministry of Health. He added that the management is tracking all the possible contacts at the office and collaborating with medical workers to facilitate further tests.

Those identified as having been in contact with the concerned staff will be required to stay home and isolate for 14 days. The offices have been since sealed off for disinfecting, and according to the memo, this will be done on a regular basis.

In its recent COVID-19 safety advisory, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) called for extreme caution for media professionals as well as their organisations by following advice issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus disease

The federation also asked media employers to consider the coronavirus outbreak as a health and safety crisis and fulfil their duty of care towards their staff. It added that office equipment and space should be regularly cleaned, in particular when they are shared by staff.

Uganda’s total COVID-19 cases stood at 1500 by Sunday. Monday results were not yet released by press time.

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