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RDC Orders Closure of Five Markets in Kabale As Covid-19 Cases Surge

The markets are Kabanyonyi, Bigaaga, Maziba, Harutinda and Mayengo. The decision to close was taken on Thursday during the district taskforce meeting.
Godfrey Nyakahuma, Kabale Resident District Commissioner speaking to journalists on thursday evening

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Kabale district Covid-19 task force has ordered the closure of five non-food markets, following the surge of cases.

The markets are Kabanyonyi, Bigaaga, Maziba, Harutinda and Mayengo. The decision to close was taken on Thursday during the district taskforce meeting.

 Godfrey Nyakahuma, the RDC Kabale says that it was realized that the Covid-19 prevalence rate in Kabale now stands at 20 percent rising from 8 percent since June.

He says that most cases now are registered from sub-counties neighbouring Rwanda and markets like Kabanyonyi that attract Rwandan nationals.   He says that the task force will next week hold a meeting with the sub-county task force and officer-in-charge of police posts to ensure implementation of the covid-19 guidelines.

Nyakahuma says that locals and traders illegally opened markets and flouted the standard operating procedures.

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Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District Health Officer says that there are 160 covid-19 patients admitted in various health facilities. He attributes the increase in cases to laxity of security compelling the public to observe guidelines. 

Kabale district has lost 98 Covid-19 patients since 2020.

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On Wednesday, Rubanda district also closed Karukara market in hamurwa town council, Murore market in Murore town council and Muko market in Muko Sub County for failure to observe standard operating procedures.

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