The sudden spike in numbers of positive coronavirus cases in Kampala has been a cause for alarm and many arms in the government have been dropping subtle bombs about the return of lockdown.
State Minister of Health for General Duties in the Ugandan Cabinet, Hon Robinah Nabbanja, said on NTV this morning that while it is one of the many measures of curbing the spread of the coronavirus and COVID19, lockdown is not immediate.
It (lockdown) is definitely one of the measures to control the spread of the disease but it is the last resort.State Minister for Health Robinah Nabbanja
“It could work but it is not feasible at the moment. The problem we have with this virus is that it has no known vaccine and also the way it spreads – the multiplier effect. One person can have it and get in contact/touch with 100 others and the cycle continues with those 100.”
The minister faults Ugandans constant disregard for the set SOPs and heavily identified that people in Kampala don’t wear masks and have complete abandonment for social distancing.
“I think it is because the way we conduct our business, we need to work with other people. So, we meet them.”
The Kakumiro district Woman MP urged Ugandans to religiously wear masks, and move around with sanitizer to ensure cleanliness.
The latest statistics for coronavirus in the country indicates 64 new cases with 27 of those from Kampala alone. Kampala has recorded over 300 cases, and is the region with 80% of the 25 COVID19 deaths registered in Uganda so far.