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A bus transporting COVID-19 patients in Uganda caught fire although no injuries were reported.

According to reports, the bus belonging to Uganda’s Ministry of Health was transporting the patients from Kitgum to Kampala on Thursday, September 17 when it bursted into flames.

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Confirming the incident, Uganda Ministry of Health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainyebyoona said the incident happened at Koro in Gulu district.

“I am told everyone on board was evacuated safely and there were no injuries. Right now we are working with the police to ensure that the patients who were in the patients who were in the bus are safely transported to Kampala,” he added.

Speaking on the unfortunate incident, Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema said fire fighters rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire but it had already caused damage.

According to one James Ojok, who witnessed the incident, the bus stopped at the roadside and he saw smoke coming out of the bus through the windows.

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He added that the passengers inside the bus started disembarking and running for their dear lives as the driver struggles to put out fire using a fire extinguisher.

Investigations into the incident have since been launched.

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