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Govt to suspend public transport over surge in community infections

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Government is considering a ban on public transport (PHOTO/File)

Gen. Edward Katumba the Minister of Transport and Works has revealed that the government is considering halting public transport and reinstating afresh lockdown on the country owing to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Uganda on Sunday registered 66 new cases of COVID-19 driving the total number of people to test positive to 1500.

This is the second-highest single-day spike since the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease in Uganda. Uganda’s highest COVID-19 figure was recorded in May when up to 84 people tested positive in one day.

“Fellow Ugandans, it has come to my attention that some taxi operators and motorists are not obeying the #COVID19 guidelines in place,” Gen. Katumba said, adding that “with the increasing cases of community transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport.”

Kampala is the top district that accounts for the biggest percentage of all confirmed cases in Uganda the Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng confirmed on Thursday, August 13.

Uganda’s capital in the past weeks has seen a major surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the new virus hotspot.

“Kampala has joined the hotspot districts and I want to encourage Ugandans that the direction in which this pandemic will go in this country will be determined by the population, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said in a televised address to the country.

“If we’re responsible, people we’ll keep it under control but if we’re careless then it may blow out of proportion and cause us to lose some good number of lives,” she added.

The Ministry of Health warned that there are a lot of yet to be detected cases as already positive people have been got from the highly populated downtown arcades of Namaganda and Garilaya Plaza.

Nine of the contacts on Sunday were also from Kampala.

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