Police’s Asan Kasingye Tests Positive for Covid-19

AIGP Asan Kasingye

The Chief Political Commissar of the Uganda Police Force, AIGP Asan Kasingye has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

He is among the 97 Ugandans who have today tested positive, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health.

Kasingye disclosed his status on his twitter handle saying, “Bad new!! [sic] I am #covid19 positive,” attracting get well soon messages from his followers.

On Friday, the surveillance team from Entebbe Hospital collected throat and nasal swab samples from Kasingye from his home. He noted on Twitter that it was his second test in a space of two weeks. He added that he was taking the test as a personal decision to “prevent contagion.”

Interviewed, Police spokesman, Fred Enanga, said that the Ministry of Health will have to send a formal statement on Kasingye before any further action is taken.

“He (Kasingye) made a personal statement. But we need formal communication from the Health ministry to confirm this information,” Enanga said.

Kasingye is one of the 97 new cases registered on Sunday, bringing the cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans to 2,263.

These cases were all contacts and alerts from Kampala with 90 people, followed by Wakiso (59), Buikwe (11) and Amuru among other areas.

The Ministry of Health is urging the public to observe the preventive measures or numbers of infections will continue surging.

Health Minister, Dr. Ruth Aceng on Saturday expressed fears that deaths due to Covid-19 are likely to increase if the public fails to observe measures such as hand washing, wearing of face masks, social distancing among others.

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