By Musasizi Isaac
KAMPALA-UGANDA/NEWSDAY: Police has introduced deployment of medical teams at check points to counter an overwhelming number of fake patients, the Force’s spokesperson Fred Enanga has said.
He also said that at least1,130 motor vehicles impounded, 2,180 people arrested in one week for flouting covid19 restrictions.
“We are witnessing an increase in fake patients, excuses of going for vaccination and burials and therefore, we have introduced medical teams at our check points,” Enanga said.
He also decried the use of fake stickers, opening of bars.
” As a result we are also devising new tactics. Inspectorate officers will supervise the removal of number plates from non-essential vehicles parked on streets, snap checkpoints”, he said.
Adding “such reckless behaviours by the COVID offenders will simply increase or delay the presence of the deadly variants in the country.”
The Director Operations, Enanga said has issued a very stern warning to territorial commanders, who do meet the expectations of their job that administrative sauctions will be taken against them.
In the course of last week, a total of 2,180 persons were arrested countrywide for flouting the lockdown and curfew provisions. 1,280 were cautioned, 215 released on police bond, 73 cases pending, 612 persons were taken to court.
A total of 1,130 motor vehicles were impounded, out of which 691 were issued with EPS tickets, 366 motorists were cautioned, 73 vehicles are parked/unclaimed, a total of 3,348 motorcycles were impounded, out of which 2,609 were issued with EPS tickets, 480 riders were cautioned and 259 motorcycles still parked and are unclaimed.
Out of the tests conducted on 21,588 people in hotspot areas, on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th July, 2021 a total of 2108 new cases were registered, 3270 victims recovered from coronavirus, and only 81 deaths were registered. As of 9th July, 2021,only 966 victims remain hospitalised across the country.
The country went into a lockdown 24 days back, when at the time the virus was rapidly spreading across the country, with several hospitals (both public and private), being overwhelmed by the number of hospitalisations and fatalities.
“For the Joint Security Agencies, we are on track to continue enforcement of the lockdown, to help slow down the pace of the pandemic. The bodabodas are steadily carrying passengers especially women,” Enanga said.
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