By Mable Nakibuuka
Uganda is slated to undergo a second lockdown following an increase in the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and cases of infection.
Our sources at State House reveal that a meeting held on Monday between Cabinet and the National COVID-19 Taskforce resolved that a second lockdown should be announced in Kampala Metropolitan Area, which covers the districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono.
The resolution came after the National COVID-19 Task Force observed that cases of infection and death have become rampant in these areas ever since the lockdown was partially lifted by President Yoweri Museveni in July.
Benny Namugwanya Bugembe, the Minister for Kampala City, said that government is doing everything possible to put in places measures aimed at decongesting the city, such that they can reduce crowns in several parts of the Central Business District.
Ministry of Kampala looking at measures to reduce crowds in Kampala
Minister Namugwanya has since directed arcades to reduce the number of people per shop to three, removal of vendors from verandas and other people who contribute to crowding.
“We are sensitizing people on Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), but if they fail to adhere we shall close the arcades and public transport,” Namugwanya said.
However, this comes at a time when the Police Headquarters in Naguru have since been closed following an outbreak of COVID-19, which left many police officers quarantined after testing positive for the virus.
However, by press time the police had not yet issued a statement about how many of their officers had tested positive for COVID-19 or where they had been taken for quarantine and medical attention.
But we shall bring you updates about this developing story.
This comes at a time when Uganda has so far registered 22 COVID-19 deaths, with 2,362 cumulative cases of infection.
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