The Bishop of Lira Diocese, Lino Wanok, has called for congregations to remain calm after a number of priests and clerics started testing positive for the stubborn coronavirus.
This comes a few weeks after religious institutions and places of worship were given a go-ahead by the government to resume operations while respecting the safety guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health.
Several priests and seminarians in Lira diocese tested positive for the coronavirus sending believers into a frenzy ahead of the unveiling of the newly refurbished Cathedral.
The number of patients tested by the Ministry of Health officials included; priests, seminarians, radio presenters from Radio Wa, a Catholic-owned station and a representative of the Resident District Commissioner.
The patients, although asymptomatic, were scheduled to attend a ceremony where President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was to officially commission the construction of the Rwenkunye- Apaclira- Acholibur road. Thereafter he was to attend the opening of the 1200-seater Lira cathedral which was expanded and renovated at a handsome cost of UGX 1.1billion.
The spokesperson of the golden jubilee celebrations, Lira diocese, Patrick Akena said that the priests and clerics tested positive for COVID-19 have been taken for immediate treatment in Ngetta and that there is no cause for alarm.
Bishop Lino Wanok urged people to diligently comply with the Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines to prevent the quick spread of the deadly virus keeping in mind that the number of community-related infections is greatly on the rise.