COVID-19: NIRA Closes Wakiso Offices After Staff Tests Positive

COVID-19: NIRA Closes Wakiso Offices After Staff Tests Positive
A photo showing handwashing at NIRA offices

The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) has temporarily closed their offices in Wakiso district after a policeman attached to their offices tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday.

“The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) would like to inform the public that following the screening tests conducted at our various offices, one (01) police personnel attached to the NIRA Wakiso District Office tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under management,” a statement from NIRA reads in part.

It continues that; “As we manage the situation, the NIRA Wakiso District Office has been temporarily closed to avoid any possible further spread of infections and will be reopened to the public on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, once the premises have been disinfected in line with the Ministry of Health Guidelines.

While the office remains closed the following services will be suspended at the district; Issuance of National IDs, Issuance of Birth and Death Certificates, Fresh Registration for National IDs, Replacement of lost, defaced and damaged National ID cards and Correction of errors.”

“Clients may however access all other services from any other NIRA office nearest to them except national identity card issuance for those who registered at the Wakiso office,” reads the statement further.

Over time, several workplaces have registered Covid-19 cases such as Malaysia Furnishing, Royal Pharma, NRM secretariat, media houses such as NBS, NTV, BBS, New Vision, Ministry of Finance, Uganda National Oil Company, Kampala Capital City Authority, Toyota Uganda among others.

It should be noted that the results of COVID-19 tests done on 08 September 2020 confirmed 201 new cases, which brings the total cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans to 4,101 with 1,876 recoveries and 46 deaths so far.

Globally, at least 27,771,984 Covid-19 cases have been registered with 19,853,985 recoveries and 902,550 deaths.

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