Health officials have warned that Kampala Metropolitan Area (KMP) is increasingly becoming a hot spot for the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This comes after staff at several companies testing positive for COVID-19, while the Ministry of Health has also registered several deaths as a result of the deadly virus.
Last week, the Management of Toyota Uganda announced that they had closed their offices in Kampala and Namanve Industrial Park after some of their staff testing positive for COVID-19.
After Toyota, now Vision Group has also announced that one of several of their employees have been taken into isolation after one of them tested positive for COVID-19.
A memo issued by the Vision Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Kabushenga on Monday evening about the matter reads in part thus;
“FM: MD/CEO TO: ALL STAFF
SUBJ: COVID19 CASE DATE: AUGUST 17th, 2020
I wish to inform you that Vision Group has registered a case Covid19.
One of our staff working at the head office in Kampala tested positive over the weekend and the case is being handled together with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.
Management is tracking all the possible contacts at office and will collaborate with the medical workers to facilitate further tests. Those identified as having been in contact with the concerned staff will be required to stay at home and isolate for a period of 14 days.
The office will be disinfected at regular intervals and all other staff who remain at work will be required to follow SOPs as directed by the Board of Directors.
Access to our offices will be in accordance with the requirements of Ministry of Health. Any inconvenience that this may cause is highly regretted.
Vision Group has implemented stringent measures to manage the spread of Covidl9 virus at our offices and will do what it takes to keep our people safe.”
We have established that some employees of NTV Uganda have also been taken into isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.
According to the Ministry of Health,
results from COVID-19 tests done on 16 August, 2020, confirmed 60 new cases, bringing the cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to 1,560.
The country also registered two new COVID-19 deaths on the same day, bringing the total COVID-19 deaths to 15
However, Uganda has so far registered 1,165 COVID-19 recoveries, although health experts warn that unless citizens observe Ministry of Health Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), there is likely to be sporadic community infections within the city and its suburbs.