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Coronavirus: Empty Malls, Chaos in Downtown as KCCA Moves to Restore Order

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has commenced enforcement of presidential directives aimed at preventing the spread of Coronavirus.

Kampala malls were largely empty on March 26 as the city’s partial lockdown went into effect, requiring 4 million residents to stay home.

Coronavirus cases in Uganda have risen to 14, sending shockwaves across the country.

KCCA said in a statement on Thursday that traders in both the retail and wholesale business who are discovered to have unreasonably and unlawfully hiked the price of any good whatsoever shall have the trading license permanently revoked pursuant to section 11(3) the Trade Licensing Act as amended by the Trade (Licensing) (Amendment) Act, 2015.

“The general public is hereby requested to inform KCCA of any flouting of the Presidential Directive by any trader whatsoever on,” KCCA emphasised.

Prices of goods including foodstuffs, have risen in recent days amid panic buying in the city.

Thugs were today seen grabbing pineapples from trucks in downtown Kampala.

The military used live bullets to disperse the violent youth as they tried to loot shops.

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Response 

Meanwhile, KCCA has set up Division Rapid Response Surveillance Teams including Doctors, Clinicians, Lab Technicians and Surveillance Officers since the first case was announced.

The major responsibility of this group in the current situation is to respond to alerts from the communities and carry out patient assessments.

The Institution also has dedicated 90% of its Call Center services to Covid19- related emergencies.

The City has boosted its ambulance system and committed a response team across the 5 Divisions; installed handwashing and hygiene facilities in many public places like parks, markets, public buildings and arcades.

KCCA is coordinating with partners for supplies such as no touch infrared thermos cans or thermometers to help in the screening process especially in public places.

Orders

President Yoweri Museveni last evening issued fresh Directives in the Country’s efforts to fight the spread of COVID19 pandemic among them banning public transport for 14 days, decongestion of markets and a warning to traders against hiking prices of merchandise.

KCCA said it has engaged Village Health Teams (VHTs) and prepared them for identification of suspects and health education of the community.

Working with the Ministry of Health, KCCA has deployed film vans across the 5 City Divisions to sensitize the communities on the Dos and Don’ts on Corona Virus.

All Schools and learning centers in the City were closed to avoid congestion effective 20th March 2020.

All Bars, Discos, Clubs, Sports, Music shows, Cinema and Concerts have been closed.

This includes bars located inside the hotels.

Only gazetted markets are allowed to operate in the city having issued them with standard operation procedures (SOP) developed by Ministry of Health.

All other Markets including open street markets, weekly markets, road side markets among others were closed.

KCCA said its law enforcement officers are enforcing compliance with the guidelines on religious gatherings which prohibits prayers in churches, mosque, open air prayers and services on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays.

Officials said they were already working with markets management team in all City Markets to promote online shopping but this is yet to be seen.

In the city, KCCA has scaled down some services including Library and Information Services; all community outreach activities except those in public health and stopped external meetings.


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