Rukungiri District COVID-19 taskforce has ordered for the closure of the Rukungiri District administration offices for one week following the skyrocketing COVID-19 cases
Stephen Bewayo Nsubuga, the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner who doubles as the district COVID-19 taskforce chairperson says the district headquarters were closed on Wednesday 5th January 2022 and will reopen Monday 10th January 2022.
Nsubuga says that this is meant enable the district staff to go for testing and those that had not been vaccinated to do so and that on reopening, anyone without a vaccination card to prove their COVID-19 status won’t be allowed access to the district headquarters.
He says the decision to close the district headquarters was after the Health department recorded 384 new COVID-19 cases out of 857 samples tested on Monday January 3rd 2022.
From the results, 32 cases are children below 18 years, 106 cases are those between 18 and 35 years, 149 cases are people between 36 and 60 years and 23 are those above 60 years. Of the 384 new cases, 174 are males and 136 are females.
Eastern Division recorded 42 cases, Southern Division 34, Western Division 34, Nyakagyeme Sub County 20, Buyanja Sub County 63, Bwambara Sub county 12, Bugangari Sub county 5, Ruhinda Sub County 15, Buhunga Sub County 16, Kebisoni Sub County 16, Nyarushanje Sub County 33 and Nyakishenyi Sub County 20.
Nsubuga has attributed to the increase of cases on the relaxation of Standard Operating Procedures as set by Health Ministry which has made OMICRON spreads like bush fire and advised people to start shunning crowds .
“The OMICRON variant spreads like bush fire advised people to start shunning crowds stressing those are the main sources and disseminators of the scourge”. Said Nsubuga.