asan Kasingye tested for COVID-19
The Ministry of Health on the search for contacts after AIGP, Asan Kasingye tested positive for Covid-19. FILE PHOTO

The Ministry of Health on the search for contacts after AIGP, Asan Kasingye tests positive for Covid-19.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has embarked on a search for contacts after the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Asan Kasingye tested positive for COVID-19.

On Sunday, the Chief Political Commissar of the Uganda Police Force Asan Kasingye rushed to his twitter handle (@AKasingye) to confirm to the public that he had tested positive for Covid-19. ‘’BAD NEWS!! I’AM #COVID19 POSITIVE,’’ he tweeted.

However, in the wake of events, the health ministry has started the search to identify all those who might have come into contact with AIGP, Kasingye at the Naguru Police headquarters.

Kasingye who is well known for attending all major police functions was nowhere to be seen on Friday as President Museveni passed out up to 4,809 police trainees at the Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi District.

Notable sources said that Kasingye missed the pass out because he was feeling unwell. He was last seen at police headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. “He was feeling unwell and he decided to stay home. He later decided to test for COVID-19 and results are now positive.’’

This comes at a time when the health ministry on Sunday confirmed an additional 97 new COVID-19 cases from tests done on 22 August 2020 pushing Uganda’s total case count to 2,263.

Of these, 90 were contacts and alerts from the already confirmed cases including 59 were from Kampala, 11 from Wakiso, six from Buikwe, three from districts of Luweero and Namisindwa respectively, two from Mukono, Jinja respectively and one from each of Kabale, Amuru, Oyam, Tororo as well as a returnee from Mali.

Six cases were also confirmed among truck drivers from various border points of entry including two from Malaba, two from Busia, and one from Mpondwe and Padea borders respectively. 

A total of 10 foreign truck drivers however, who tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points of entry were not permitted entry into Uganda.

The recent figures mean that out of Uganda’s total case count, 1,226 have since recovered from the coronavirus while 20 have succumbed to it. The figures also pinpoint Kampala as the latest district to register high infections in the past few weeks.

asan Kasingye tested for COVID-19
The Ministry of Health on the search for contacts after AIGP, Asan Kasingye tested positive for Covid-19. FILE PHOTO

On Saturday, the MOH highlighted the Kampala Metropolitan Area as one with the highest numbers of community transmission in the country. A cumulative total of 540 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Kampala since the 23rd March. 

Of these, 342 cases were registered within the last one week, from 15th August to 21st August 2020 including 5 COVID-19 deaths.

Several institutions including; Malaysia Furnishing, Royal Pharma, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, IGG, KCCA, Toyota, NRM Secretariat, Eagle Holdings, Megha Industries, media houses (New Vision, NBS, NTV, BBS) and other private hospitals have reported clusters