Masaka Announces Total Shutdown over COVID-19

Masaka Town's Edward Avenue. The district leadership is imposing a curfew to curb further spread of COVID-19

The Masaka district leadership is planning a total shutdown as a measure to mitigate further spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Masaka district chairman, Jude Mbabaali, the district’s political leadership in consultation with medical and security personnel considered a total shutdown after the Ministry of Health confirmed three more COVID-19 infections; bringing the total number of cases to 33, three of whom are from Masaka.

“Information available from our Covid19 Task Force Masaka shows that we have a number of people amongst the community who got in contact with the confirmed cases and these are currently everywhere in arcades and shops transacting business as usual but in the process spreading the virus,” Mbabaali said.

“This is going to be done in good faith to limit the exposure to risk [of] the already suspected contaminants. We have the support of the Central government on this matter. Police plus [the UPDF] have been put on notice to enforce this lockdown without mercy when the time comes,” he added.

Two of the new cases that were confirmed on Sunday by the Ministry of Health are the wife and daughter of a Masaka businessman who was among the first nine confirmed cases.

Upon return from Dubai, the businessman went home to his family but was implored by the locals in Masaka to test for the virus after the first confirmed case. When he tested positive, his wife and daughter were picked and quarantined at Entebbe till Sunday when they were moved to Mulago hospital.

Before all this, the businessman had interacted with various people in the region including security chiefs.

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