Uganda could be headed for a second phase of lockdown following a rise in Covid-19 cases in the originating from local communities.
While addressing journalists on Saturday evening, the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Achieng said that Uganda had registered 318 Covid-19 cases which becomes the highest number to be registered in a day ever since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Uganda.
Aceng said that about 120 of the cases were reportedly from Amuru prison.
The 318 cases brings the total number of registered cases to 2166 with over 1411 recoveries and 20 deaths.
It should be remembered that on Monday the Ministry of Works and Transport warned it would be forced to shut down public transport again because of the continued non-compliance with Covid-19 guidelines.
In a tweet, the Works and Transport Minister, Gen Katumba Wamala said: “Fellow Ugandans, it has come to my attention that some taxi operators and motorists are not obeying the Covid-19 guidelines in place. With the increasing cases ofcommunity transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport.”
On Saturday the 22nd of August 2020 the Minister reported that among registered it includes patients, health workers inmates and prison staff which rises the possibility of the second lock down ahead.
The increase in the number of Covid-19 is attributed to the non compliance to the Ministry of Health guidances of social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands.
Motorcyclists are also seen carrying more than one passenger while some people have consistently refused to wear masks.
According to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), majority of the people who have tested positive have either moved in taxis or used boda bodas which makes tracking very complicated because same taxis usually take three or five routes a day.
The President of Uganda is expected to address the nation next week on the way forward following a surge in the community coronavirus infections, most of which are from Kampala
– Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
– Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
– Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
– Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
– Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
– Stay home if you feel unwell.
– If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention