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August 4, 2021

Lock Down Alert: Government To Reinstate Second Lock-down Over Increased Covid-19 Cases

 

The government is considering reinstating strict measures including another lock-down as a way of curb the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 variant.

This follows a daily rise in infections countrywide and amidst confirming the deadly Covid-19 Variant from India that has left the country stranded with no oxygen.

This has been revealed by the Minister for ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba on Sunday during her weekly brief on Sunday saying  Uganda is now getting ready for the second wave of COVID-19 and the government is considering a number of measures.

“Government has therefore decided to embark on some of the strategies that we employed last year in March, these interventions are going to help us to avoid what is happening in India now,“Covid-19 is back, it is angrier. It is determined to kill as many people as it can this time and the Ministry of Health has started to witness a gradual increase in new cases, we must all wake up and take the guidance seriously,” Nabakooba said.

Nabakooba turned down the urge to expound further on the new measures that the government is set to announce, saying the appropriate ministry will give more details this week.

On Friday last week, the Ministry of Health announced the suspension of all flights and travelers from India until further notice, and Nabakooba said that this should have been enough to show Ugandans that COVID-19 is back, this time more dangerous.

As of Friday, the health ministry had vaccinated 330,077 people against COVID-19, and according to the vaccination plan, this is still very low.

Many Ugandans have been so reluctant about observing the SOPs that were put in place by the ministry of health last year including social distancing, washing hands with soap/sanitizers, and wearing of masks has totally  been forgotten as many people have been seen attending social gatherings with no masks at all

Nabakooba added that Ugandans should not think that India, which is experiencing a huge surge in cases, is very far. She urged Ugandans who are eligible for vaccination to go and get it, instead of waiting for what is in India to break out here.

 

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