More than 2,000 people arrested in Uganda for violating COVID-19 lockdown

GULU, UGANDA – 2020/04/10: Soldiers patrol during curfew hours amid coronavirus crisis in Gulu.
Uganda’s coronavirus-related curfew was brought in on March 30 and means citizens are ordered to be at home between 7pm and 6.30am. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

2,180 people were arrested last week across Uganda for violating lockdown measures and the curfew, the Uganda Police Force said.

On June 18, Uganda imposed a strict 42-day lockdown to reduce the rate of transmission of COVID-19. The country was registering an average of over 1,000 COVID-19 cases per day, according to the Ministry of Health.

FILE PHOTO: Soldiers patrol during curfew hours amid coronavirus crisis in Gulu, Uganda. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

While authorities had noted a decline in the number of infections, they said the public was showing complacency and flouting certain orders threatening the gains made so far in the fight against the pandemic.

“Since the vaccination roll out program is not yet fully done due to shortage in the vaccine, this rapid drop in the number of hospitalisations and COVID-19 deaths was largely due to the lockdown measures.  What is even more encouraging is that even the worst hit areas of Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, all other cities, municipalities and major towns have started seeing a big reduction in the rate of positive cases and fatalities,” a statement from the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said on Monday.

“The bodabodas are steadily carrying passengers especially women, we are witnessing an increase in fake patients, excuses of going for vaccination and burials, use of fake stickers, opening of bars, etc,” it added.

The police pledged to implement measures to address some of these violations such as additional deployment of medical teams at check points to counter fake patients and inspectorate officers supervising removal of number plates from non-essential vehicles parked on streets.

The police further urged the public to remain vigilant and law abiding during the remaining 14 days of the lockdown in the expectation there will be more improvements in the country’s COVID-19 situation.

“Therefore, this time round, we should endeavour as a country to bring the infections down to zero to a point where the infection rates are suppressed so that we do not find ourselves in the third wave.”

Uganda has reported a total of 88,19 confirmed cases and 2,164 deaths.


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Publish date : 2021-07-13 17:35:34

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