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Police Heightens Enforcement of SOPs As COVID-19 Cases Surge in Teso

The Soroti Resident City Commissioner, Peter Pex Paak says that the enforcement especially in Soroti City will be heightened to reduce the spread of the deadly virus.
Oscar Gregg Ageca, the Police Spoeksman for East Kyoga.

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The police in the Teso Sub Region have stepped up operations to enforce the Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs to help curb the spread of COVID-19. 

By Wednesday, about 60 people were admitted at Soroti COVID-19 Treatment Unit- CTU with 40 on oxygen. 

The East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, Oscar Gregg Ageca said that they have arrested at least 65 people for violating the SOPs. The arrests were conducted in Nakatunya, Kigandani, Teso Inn, Moru- Apesur, Agip and Pamba areas in Soroti City where night revellers were found drinking and dancing. 

Ageca says that the suspects have been detained at CPS Soroti for committing an act likely to spread an infectious disease. 

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The Soroti Resident City Commissioner, Peter Pex Paak says that the enforcement especially in Soroti City will be heightened to reduce the spread of the deadly virus. 

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According to medics managing COVID-19 at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, some of the people on home-based care are not observing the guidelines, which could pose a risk to the family members and the community.

Simon Emitu, the COVID-19 Surveillance officer for Soroti City says that most of the people on home-based care say that it is difficult to stay indoors without food and other basic needs for the family. 

“Poverty is the major factor failing most of our patients from observing the SOPs. In a situation where you have a single room, it’s very difficult to keep other members safe,” he said. 

The Police had recently relaxed operations on COVID-19, which opened room for people to transact business normally. At the moment, some vehicles are carrying full capacity and Boda Boda riders are carrying more than one passenger.