A Rome based Catholic priest who led mass in Siaya tests positive for coronavirus

A Catholic priest who led mass in Siaya has tested positive for coronavirus, forcing the government to trace people who interacted with a Rome-based Catholic priest who also led a burial ceremony in Ugunja, Siaya County, on March 14, 2020.

It emerged that the priest identified as Father Richard Onyango Oduor, is among the eight people who tested positive for the coronavirus as announced by the government on Sunday.

The priest who hails from Ugunja Nyasanda area is said to have come from Rome to attend the burial of a close relative at Ambira area.Confirming the incident Siaya county commissioner Michael Ole Tialal has said already health officers are in the area to contain the situation.

Mr. Ole Tialal said Fr. Oduor  who hails from Ambira  returned to the country on March 11 and spent a day at Utawala in Nairobi before travelling home on March 13 where he conducted the burial of a close relative. He further added that health staff have since been dispatched to Ambira and Lwak mission centres where there are a number of Catholic nuns who are suspected to have interacted with the clergyman.

According to the County Commissioner, the individuals will then be placed under quarantine for at least the prescribed 14 days.


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