KAMPALA – An employee of Vision Group has tested positive for COVID-19, the chief executive officer, Mr Robert Kabushenga, has announced.
In a memo sent to all Vision Group staff, Mr Kabushenga said the employee tested positive on Sunday and that his contacts have been urged to self-isolate for 14 days.
However, Mr Kabushenga ruled out closing the company head offices. Instead, he said all Vision Group offices will be disinfected to limit chances of spreading the virus.
“The offices will be disinfected at regular intervals and all other staff who remain at work will be required to follow all the SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health,” he said in the memo dated August 17, 2020.
This come as Uganda on Sunday registered 66 new covid-19 cases, the highest cases recorded in a day.
This brings the total number of cases to 1, 500. Out of the cases registered yesterday 30 are alerts from Kampala , six from Namisindwa, seven from Wakiso , 10 from Tororo, Moroto, Katakwi, Buikwe, Bukwo, Bundibugyo, Mbale, Isingiro, Hoima and Buliisa.
The government has threatened to close public transport following revelations that they are contributing to a rising spike in COVID-19 infections.
The Minister of Works and Transport, General Edward Katumba Wamala, on Monday, August 17, 2020, warned that taxis and boda bodas may be closed again after Uganda on Sunday registered the highest number of coronavirus infections in a single day.
“Fellow Ugandans, it has come to my attention that some taxi operators and motorists are not obeying the COVID19 guidelines in place. With the increasing cases of community transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport,” he said on Twitter.
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.