Ugandans will be imprisoned for Covid rule violations
Ugandans who breach the Covid pandemic control regulations face a maximum two-month prison sentence.
According to new regulations published by the health ministry in a statutory document, anyone caught running prohibited enterprises such as bars, nightclubs, theatres, and stores selling non-food products risks jail time.
Additionally, current lockdown restrictions limit cultural events, such as marriages to a maximum of 20 people, and anybody caught entertaining a greater number may face prison time.
Heads of households or owners of buildings or property who fail to notify health authorities of individuals infected with Covid-19 may also face imprisonment.
Failure to wear a mask outside of one’s home or aiding someone in evading quarantine may result in arrest.
Since the country’s first lockdown in March 2020, security personnel has sometimes used violence against the population in the name of imposing control measures, with many individuals being murdered.
Uganda is now experiencing the pandemic’s second wave, which experts estimate will peak between late July and early August.
Since the epidemic began, approximately 83,000 positive cases and over 1,900 fatalities have been reported.