Two people have been arrested in Malaba border town area on allegations of selling fake COVID-19 results.
Two individuals including a Ugandan and Kenyan national have been arrested after they were caught involving themselves in acts of printing and selling fake COVID-19 results.
According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the suspects have been operating between Malaba Kenya port health and Malaba Uganda port health facilities and they were arrested under the recommendation from the Ministry of Health.
Enanga said that they have been selling fake printed COVID-19 certificates and other documents for about UGX.100,000 shillings.
“The information we have is that they forged certificates and sold them for Kenyan Shillings 2000-3000 [about UGX 100,000],” Enanga said yesterday while addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre.
He said the government of Uganda is already in advanced talks with their counterparts in Kenya to identify the whole group and have them detained.
“They were printed in Kenya by Collin Epusi, an IT specialist and we are therefore working with our counterparts on the Kenyan side to see that he is arrested and his racket,” Enanga said.
This comes at a time when Uganda is only left with 66 COVID-19 patients. A total of 808 people have so far been discharged from various referral hospitals countrywide after they recovered from the coronavirus.
As of today, Uganda has registered a total case count of 870 including those that have since recovered from the virus and so far no specific individual has yet succumbed to the virus.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to warn countries more so those that have been less infected with the coronavirus that the virus is far from being gone.
While addressing a presser recently, the Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the coronavirus pandemic is “not even close to being over” despite case decline in many countries, especially in Africa.
Mr.Tedros explained that many individuals more so those in countries that have made some progress in tackling the pandemic are desperate to resume their normal activities but they should remain aware that the coronavirus is still fast spreading.
“We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over,” he said, adding that “although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is speeding up,” Mr Tedros said.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus first discovered in Wuhan, China has now hit 10 million infections worldwide with the United States topping the chart with 2.5 infections and more than 125,000 deaths as of Monday according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.
Brazil is the second hardest-hit country with 259,105 infections in the last seven days – the country’s highest of any week during the pandemic.