Yesterday the ministry of health of Uganda announced 66 new cases with 53 of those being alerts (community cases) which brought the total to over 1500 in the country.
In Kampala alone, 47 cases have been registered as community transmission cases in the last 48 hours. This now makes Kampala another epicentre just like Namisindwa that has registered many cases as single areas.
There were cases that were also registered in downtown arcades something that is raising alarm as to how fast the cases could arise in the central region and the country. According to the Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. General Katumba Wamala, many people are not abiding by the SOPs that had been put in place which could be alluded to the high rise of cases in the region.
Public transport operators like Taxis, buses, and Boda Bodas are said to have abandoned the SOPs all together and now the Minister has warned that there might be a need to halt public transport.
Uganda Fears COVID19 SOPs by Public Transport Operators Have been Abandoned
“Fellow Ugandans, it has come to my attention that some taxi operators and motorists are not obeying the COVID19 guidelines in place. ” Said Minister General Katumba Wamala.
“With the increasing cases of community transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport.” Continued Hon. General Katumba Wamala in his tweet earlier today.
There were raising concerns about the public not wearing masks, not exercising social distancing, and that this could lead to an increase in community cases something that is starting to show.
Earlier in the week, Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Acheng noted with concern that of the 11 deaths that have been reported in the country, 8 are within Kampala city. “It is important to note that of all the 11 deaths so far reported nationally, eight (8) are from the Kampala region alone. More so, all were identified from unknown transmission lines.”
In her address, Dr Acheng states that it is the population that will determine how the virus is managed in Uganda. “We the Ugandan population will determine the direction this pandemic will take us, either to the worst-case scenario or to a reversal of the current situation. Let’s all choose life and adhere to the standard operating procedures”
So the question now remains on what could eventually happen should the community transmission continue. Some speculations have hinted that a lockdown for Kampala, Wakiso, and most central districts could be put in place.
But considering that these are the biggest economic districts in the country, a serious look into how this whole will be handled may be imminent because, for traders, they have to make money or risk losing their property to landlords as is a case with some already while others are worried about losing their businesses entirely.
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