As the 42 days’ lockdown nears end and Ugandans wait for the President to address the nation on Saturday 31st July 2021, the Joint Security Agencies have promised to continue with the enforcement of the lockdown and curfew provisions until the day the lockdown is lifted.
According to CP Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, several people are excited by reduction in COVID-19 cases and the fact that the lockdown days are nearing the end, that they are moving around without permits. He further warned that people should remain cautions, because the pandemic is still here and there could be more deadly waves.
“As the Joint Security Agencies, we still urge the public to remain cautious, because the pandemic is far from over, and is still here with us. The health experts have warned that until we reach a level of population immunity, where a good percentage of the public has protection against COVID-19 infection, we could still face a bigger wave than the current one” Enanga warned.
He added that whatever the outcome of the 42-day lockdown, the Joint Security Agencies shall either upgrade, downgrade or maintain the lockdown enforcement measures, according to the public health controls still in place.
“But right now, we strongly reiterate the importance of following the SOPs in place, because the risk of catching the virus is affected by what you and the people around you do.”
In the course of last week, police arrested a total of 2386 persons country wide for flouting the lockdown and curfew provisions; 1289 were cautioned, 751 were released on bond, 56 pending, 277 persons were taken to court, a total of 766 motor vehicles were impounded, out of which 407 were issued with EPS tickets, 310 motorists were cautioned, 59 vehicles are still parked; a total of 3872 motorcycles were impounded, out of which 2859 were issued with EPS tickets. 575 riders were cautioned and 447 motorcycles are still parked.