The minister in charge of Kampala Betty Amongi reveals that work places in greater Kampala are among the high risk areas in spreading COVID19 infections and accounting to 50% of the new cases in the area.
Addressing journalists in Kampala today the minister attributes the rapid increase in new COVID 19 cases to the laxity among the population moving to Kampala to work.
Among other places sighted to be high risk infection areas include, Arcades, markets, slums, political party offices.
The minister further mentions that 58 arcades in Kampala have relaxed on enforcing the SOPs and warns that they risk being closed if the seven days given pass when they have not fully complied with the set guidelines.
With arcades still pausing a huge challenge to the spread of the infection in and around Kampala, public transport has also been sighted to be contributing 90% on the number of new infections and this is attributed to the complacency by the users and drivers of these taxis.
Slums around Kampala like, Kasokoso, Kisenyi, Nakulabye are also habouring a huge number of COVID 19 cases and with most of them moving with no signs showing and continue to spread it to those who are still negative.
Meanwhile with the sick having to always visit the health facilities, it’s sad to note that they are highly spreading the disease to negative patients, care takers and health workers as well. But the is most common in private hospitals around Kampala.
The minister now urges Ugandans to highly practice the prevention measures of washing hands, sanitize, social distance among others.
Meanwhile the direct public health at KCCA Daniel Okello Ayen confirms that out of 1750 new cases, Kampala accounts for 394 (22.5%) adding that by yesterday Kampala had registered 75 new cases with 14 deaths so far since the outbreak in Uganda.
The government is now asking employers to ensure they fully enforce the set SOPs at work places to control the spread of Covid 19 and this follows fast increasing numbers registered in factories and other work places.
Now the COVID 19 task force will be meeting with the president early next week to give final recommendations for the next step.