Wear your Mask, Observe COVID-19 SOPs or Languish in Jail – Govt Warns

Kampala – With some Ugandans not paying heed to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) especially to wear face masks in public places despite rising cases of coronavirus, the government has announced a two-month jail sentence for anyone who flouts COVID-19 SOPs.

While delivering a comprehensive address on the current COVID-19 situation in the country today on Friday, the Minister for Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng warned the public not to dare continue violating the set guidelines.

“Ugandans who refuse to wear face masks in public face up to two months jail time,” said Dr Aceng.

Dr Aceng revealed that Uganda is in a critical time especially when it comes to transmission of the virus as the ministry has observed emergence and entrance of different variants.

MASKED UP: Uganda’s Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng

She said the Delta variant initially identified in India is already in the country as per the analysis they made from Covid samples collected from Kampala and Wakiso.

Dr Aceng urged Private health facilities to adhere to COVID-19 treatment guidelines provided by the ministry to prevent deaths and spread.

To date, Uganda has vaccinated over 800,000 people and Aceng said that there’s no evidence to support the allegations that fully vaccinated people have acquired severe infection and died in Uganda.

She also stated that they have noted unregulated use of oxygen by the public.

“This may lead damage of your lungs so, avoid it. Oxygen should only be given to patients under the guidance of a professional health worker in a hospital,” she said.

COVID status of Uganda

COVID-19 tests conducted on June 30 confirm that 1,048 samples returned positive; raising the cumulative cases to 82,082 since March 2020.

A total of 978 Contacts comprise the biggest portion of the confirmed cased – clearing highlighting the sporadic nature of the novel coronavirus. This has pushed authorities to sanction stringent measures to observe anti-covid practices such as handwashing, sanitising and social distancing,

The confirmed cases were registered in Kampala (434) Wakiso (76) Tororo (70) Kalungu (40) Hoima (35) Mbale (31) Kibuku (28) Luwero (22) Nakasongola (21) Kalaki (18) Kiryandongo (16) Kyotera (17) Rakai (14) Butaleja (15) Soroti (15) Masaka (13) Jinja (12), Sironko (10) Rubanda (9) Lyantonde (9) Ngora (9) Namayingo (9) Bukwo (10) Kanungu (8) Pallisa (7) Sembabule (7) Arua (7) Kween (7) Kaberamaido (6) Kisoro (6) Mityana (5) Bukomansimbi (5) Kyankwanzi (5) Apac (4) Adjumani (4) Moroto (3) Mukono (3) Rukungiri (2) Masindi (2).

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More cases were also confirmed in Mbarara (2) Nebbi (2) Packwach (2) Kiruhura (1) Kabale (1) Bududa (1) Yumbe (1) Amuru (1) Kagadi (1) Gulu (2) Isingiro (1) Amuru (1) with 3 Truck Drivers testing positive.

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