Uganda’s police have announced they will crackdown on those who refuse to abide by the measures aimed at containing the spread of the COVID-19.
With strong fears of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is more deadly and devastating, the Uganda police have announced that they are going to crack down on any persons who are found defying measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
While addressing journalists on Tuesday, Enanga said the second wave which is believed to be more deadly than the first wave is more transmissible and affecting young people including children.
As a result, he said the police saw it very necessary to act. The police spokesperson revealed that previous research showed that the surge in cases has been due to the high level of complacency.
“For instance during the course of last week, 1390 new cases were registered, within two days of 27th – 228th May, 2021. The most affected areas being Kampala, Wakiso, Moroto, Tororo, Luwero, Kalungu, Mbarara, Kibuku and Iganga among others,” Enanga revealed.
“This according to the health experts is being attributed to people during complacent and less cautious. Due to the lockdown fatigue the majority have gone back to the old normal of having large wedding parties, large congregations in worships centres, sporting events, markets, arcades, being transported at 100% capacity in buses, taxis and on bodaboda, stealthy going to bars, without taking precautions as they go unmasked and donot observe physical distance.”
The police spokesperson, however, reminded that they will not allow the situation to get to the worst. He noted with concern that they have devised enforcement measures to help fight non-compliance.
“The other danger is our young adults, think the situation has returned to normal, whereas not. Now we are experiencing a second wave of corona virus infection that is worse than the first. However, when issues of non-compliance due to behavioural fatigue, put our country as risk, there are enforcement measures in place to help protect the health and safety of Ugandans.”
“As a result, we are now focusing our enforcement efforts on high risk settings to minimize the risk of the virus super spreading,” Enanga reminded pinpointing some of the most defiant areas.
“These areas include public transport of buses, taxis, bodabodas, arcades, markets, schools, malls, restaurants, retail shops in trading centres, congregations at worships centres, weddings, bars operating illegally etc.”
Going further, he noted that they will punish all offenders with fines, penalties and charges as one way of bringing the epidemic under control.
Meanwhile, in the week, he disclosed that 445 motor vehicles and 2,088 motorcycles were impounded for violating the curfew timings. A total of 2124 suspects were also arrested for flouting the health SOPs and curfew timings.
They are set to appear in court.
“We urge all Ugandans and visitors that everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus. Enforcement is only one component. We hope the vaccination exercise which has begun to pick-up, will play a big part in controlling the wave of this pandemic.”