UIA closes office over COVID-19

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A man has his temperature checked by a security worker before entering a conference hall in Kampala, Uganda, on March 24, 2020. Uganda has so far registered nine cases of COVID-19.

By Vanguard reporter

KAMPALA – Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has closed its Namave Industrial Business Park office after an Indian tested positive of COVID-19. The expatriate working as an administrator Lagan Dott, a construction firm upgrading road network in the park. When East African Vanguard on Friday May, 21st, 2021 visited to office the firm shares UIA, there was panic when the new broke out.

“This office has been closed until further notices,” read the brief notice.

A UIA staff who is authorized to speak to the media said, “We have been to stay away from office until Monday as situation is monitored.

There has been reports from the new strain of COVID-19 that was first reported in India. It is not clear if the expatriate had just returned from India.

 Uganda on Friday started the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

Meanwhile, Health minister Ruth Aceng, foreign minister Sam Kutesa and World Health Organization representative in Uganda Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam were among those who received their second shot of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the ministry of health headquarters in the capital, Kampala.

“The ministry of health advises all those who received their first dose and completed eight weeks to visit the nearest vaccination facility for their second. The vaccine is safe and effective,” Aceng said after getting her second jab.

On March 10, Uganda launched the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination, targeting high-risk groups such as health workers, teachers, social workers, security personnel, the elderly, and those with underlying medical conditions.

As of Thursday, Uganda had inoculated 472,617 people against COVID-19, a majority of them in Kampala.

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