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By Tindyebwa Joseph

RUKUNGIRI: The Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner Stephen Bewayo Nsubuga who doubles as the district COVID-19 taskforce chairperson has revealed that Rukungiri District headquarters will be closed due to skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.

Bewaayo, who noted that the OMICRON variant spreads like bush fire, advised people to start shunning crowds stressing those are the main sources and disseminators of the scourge.

He added that the district headquarters which were closed on which were closed yesterday will reopen on Monday 10th January 2022.

This according to him is meant to enable the district staff to go for testing and those that had not been vaccinated to do so.

Bewayo confided to this reporter that on reopening, anyone without a vaccination card to prove their COVID-19 status won’t be allowed access to the district headquarters.

The decision to close the district headquarters was after the Health department recorded 384 new COVID-19 cases out of 857 samples tested on Monday January 3rd 2022.

From the results, 32 cases are children below 18 years, 106 cases are those between 18 & 35 years, 149 cases are people between 36 & 60 years and 23 are those above 60 years. Of the 384 new cases, 174 are males and 136 are females.

Eastern Division recorded 42 cases, Southern Division 34, Western Division 34, Nyakagyeme Sub County 20, Buyanja Sub County 63, Bwambara Sub county 12, Bugangari Sub county 5, Ruhinda Sub County 15, Buhunga Sub County 16, Kebisoni Sub County 16, Nyarushanje Sub County 33 and Nyakishenyi Sub County 20.

A section of Health stakeholders in the district attribute this to relaxation of Standard Operating Procedures as set by the Health Ministry.

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