dfcu Bank has shut its Lugogo Branch in Kampala after five of its staff tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Bank said in a notice last night that “all exposed colleagues in the branch are undergoing tests and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.”
The bank said they are tracking all the possible contacts their employees could have met recently.
“As a precautionary measure, the Branch has been temporarily closed to mitigate the risk of further infection to other staff, customers and the public, and will reopen after undergoing thorough decontamination and cleaning in line with the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures,” management noted.
“For this period, customers are encouraged to utilise our digital channels (QuickBanking, dfcu bank Agents, ATMs) for their routine banking activities” reads the statement in part.
Dfcu becomes the second bank to report cases. On Tuesday, Stanbic bank shut the William Street branch after one of the staff tested positive for the virus.
Coronavirus has increased after Uganda eased on the lockdown in June. Workplaces and public transport have been identified as key areas where people might be getting infected.
The country has so far registered 26 deaths while the number of those infected with the virus now total has reached 2,524.
Some 1,268 people have recovered. Every Ugandan has been advised to wear a mask whenever they are moving out and practice at least a 2m social distance when near people.
According to PML Daily, President Yoweri Museveni was still busy putting together demands by Ugandans on Social Media and that he could only be available to address “us when things are bale to add up”.
Former presidential candidate Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye on Monday said that another lockdown is desirable but no longer useful to the country.
“We are now on our own. I have been telling people to work on their immunity. Don’t neglect the use of masks. For the mask to be useful, everybody must put them on correctly, covering the nose and mouth. Hygiene is a necessity”.