Some of the people arrested by security operative in bars during curfew hours.

A total of 2124 people were arrested over the weekend for flouting the #Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures, Police has said.

Police intensified operations against members of the public violating Coronavirus SOPs as the country is in its second wave. During the course of last week, 1390 new cases were registered, within two days.

“In the course of the week 445 motor vehicles and 2,088 motorcycles were impounded for violating the curfew timings.  A total of 2124 suspects were also arrested for flouting the health SOPs and curfew timings. They are set to appear in court,” Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said in a statement.

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The most affected were Kampala, Wakiso, Moroto, Tororo, Luwero, Kalungu, Mbarara, Kibuku and Iganga among others.

“Now we are experiencing a second wave of Coronavirus infection that is worse than the first. However, when issues of non-compliance due to behavioural fatigue, put our country as risk, there are enforcement measures in place to help protect the health and safety of Ugandans. As a result, we are now focusing our enforcement efforts on high risk settings to minimize the risk of the virus super spreading,” Enanga said.

The main areas of concern include public transport of buses, taxis, Boda-bodas, arcades, markets, schools, malls, restaurants, retail shops in trading centres, congregations at worships centres, weddings, bars operating illegally.

Enanga warned that all Territorial Commanders have become more punitive in the approach to #Covid-19 infractions. “We continue to punish offenders with fines, penalties and charges as one way of bringing the epidemic under control.”

“We urge all Ugandans and visitors that everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus.  Enforcement is only one component. We hope the vaccination exercise which has begun to pick-up, will play a big part in controlling the wave of this pandemic,” he said.