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Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine

KAMPALA– The Ministry of health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine has warned that with the rising COVID-19 cases, some areas need to be urgently locked down if the COVID-19 second wave is to be contained.

This was contained in a statement the Ministry of Health issued today afternoon about the situational awareness on Coronavirus pandemic.

“It cannot be ruled out because for us life comes first, if the public has refused to take the measures in place, I think a lockdown is a way to go, some areas must be locked down unless people really get to observing SOPs otherwise we shall get overwhelmed,” Dr Atwine said.

Dr Atwine said that  they are soon going to engage the President after thorough consultations with the stakeholders experts for guidance.

According to Dr Atwine, the second wave is worsening adding that the Intensive Care Units are already full with public hospitals soon running out of space to accommodate patients.

“We are going to get to a level where hospitals must be left to critical patients, right now Entebbe is full and Mulago by Tuesday morning had 84 and by evening the number had increased to 100,” the Permanent Secretary revealed.

Dr Atwine said that  the situation is worrying since the majority of the new infection are from young people.

“Two days ago, we got 187 cases in one day, so I can authoritatively tell you that the second wave of COVID-19 is here because our ICUs and HDUs are full and we lost six young people in one week so be alert,”  Dr Atwine said.

The Ministry therefore asked the District Coronavirus Taskforce to wake up and ensure that the standard operating procedures are followed.