Asp Luke Owoyesigyire reported 86 drunkards were arrested after raiding bars in and round Kampala metropolitan area yesterday night to enforce COvid-19 standard Operating procedures (Sops).
According to police,the suspects were arrested from Levels Lounge located in Kamwokya and others from the Garage bar located in Ntinda Kigowa.
“The territorial Police at Kampala Metropolitan has conducted an operation and a total of 36 revellers have been arrested from Levels Lounge Located in Kamwokya.The suspects include 14 women and 22 men . They are currently detained at Kiira Road Police station on allegations of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infection of disease. We shall arraign them in court for penalties, as we await the fine structure from the Ministry of Finance”,Kampala metropolitan police deputy Spokesperson Asp Luke Owoyesigyire said.
“50 people were last night arrested from the Garage bar located in Ntinda Kigowa after a tipoff.
They are currently detained at different police stations in the division and will also be arraigned in court today for fines.OPERATIONS CONTINUE”,He added.
Although government is yet to lift restrictions on bars and concerts which have been under lockdown since March last year when President Museveni announced measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, several hangouts have reportedly been operating surreptitiously as owners struggle to make a living.
Police raids happened hours after the Ministry of Health said virus infections had jumped to 51,676 cases after 670 people tested positive with the Covid-19 in 24 hours.
By Saturday afternoon, the ministry said a total 634 people with Covid were on admission in different hospitals.
At least 748,676 have so far been vaccinated against the virus.
In his latest addresses, president Museveni said he would open up the country after more than 4.5 million Ugandans are vaccinated against the virus.
However, given the surging number of cases and rapid community infections, Mr Museveni is expected to impose more restrictions in his address this evening, to contain the virus that has decimated the economy and killed at least 374 Ugandans since March last year.
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