Police Arrest Over 1,000 ‘Drunkards’ In Kampala Bars For Violating Covid-19 Guidelines

Police Arrest Over 1,000 ‘Drunkards’ In Kampala Bars For Violating Covid-19 Guidelines

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: Following the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases reported in the country every day, Uganda Police has arrested over 1100 people in Kampala during operations targeting bars.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, Police on Saturday night conducted an operation aimed at enforcing Covid-1p Standard Operating Procedures as issued by the government and ministry of health thus leading them to bars that have been secretly operating despite the latest spike, especially in Kampala.

“The aim was to raid bars that have been working in total disregard of the Ministry of Health guidelines. A total of 1,100 suspects have been arrested and over 50 motor vehicles have been impounded,” Owoyesigyire said.

“The suspects were arrested from different bars around Kampala Metropolitan Area. We retaliate that bars are not yet opened. Police will not hesitate to arrest any suspects found violating stipulated guidelines. “

According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, the suspects will be produced in courts of law on offenses of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease.

“We urge members of the public to observe standard operating procedures, like wearing masks in public places and sanitizing, to avoid contract Coronavirus or spreading it to others.”

According to the ministry of health records, on Friday, the country registered 1247 new Covid cases and 812 cases were in Kampala.

President Museveni is expected today, Sunday evening to address the country on the Covid situation.

It is also expected that during the address, the president will issue new guidelines to be followed in a bid to control the spread of the virus.

The Minister for Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng recently said Uganda, Namibia, and Zambia are the three African countries with the severe resurgence of the COVID19 infection.

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