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CAPE TOWN – Two suspects are being held in Uganda for stealing 40 oxygen cylinders as Covid-19 cases multiply in the country.
The 40 oxygen cylinders were reportedly transported from Mbale regional referral hospital to a private health facility, Daily Monitor reported Thursday. One of the suspects is said to be a doctor at a private clinic.
Mbale Hospital is about 250 km east of the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
“We have started our investigations and received reports that the cylinders had been stolen and taken to a private health facility,” Elgon police spokesman Rogers Taitika said.
A search was carried out and a 50-liter oxygen cylinder was found at the private clinic, Taitika added.
Investigations are ongoing and the two suspects are being held at the Mbale central police station.
The incident comes at a crucial time as Uganda faces an increase in Covid-19 cases.
The highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in a single day was reported by the BBC on Friday after 1,438 people tested positive on June 8.
A total of 1,259 confirmed cases in one day was the country’s previous highest tally, recorded on June 4 and reported by President Yoweri Museveni in his national speech on Sunday, June 6.
In his speech, Museveni announced adjusted Covid-19 mitigation measures, as the coronavirus situation has “radically changed” in this East African country.
As of June 6, schools were closed for 42 days, along with places of worship and other social gatherings, while inter-district public transport was suspended for 42 days from June 10.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded a cumulative total of 56,949 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Uganda, with 402 deaths as of June 11.
Ugandan doctor accused of stealing oxygen cylinders
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