Uganda’s NIRA shuts down the head office after positive COVID-19 case

Uganda’s NIRA shuts down head office after positive COVID-19 case
Hand washing at NIRA offices

The headquarters of Uganda’s National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) was on Monday closed temporarily after one security personnel tested positive for COVID-19.

“One person has tested positive at our head offices-Kololo ceremonial grounds and the person is undergoing treatment. NIRA headquarters shall therefore be closed to the public for 2 days -Tuesday 15th Sept & Wednesday 16th Sept 2020 to prevent further spreading,” NIRA said in a press release.

The authority said the premises will carry out a disinfection exercise on the premises in line with health guidelines before reopening to the public.

The services that will remain suspended during the two-day closure include the issuance of national identification documents, issuance of birth and death certificates, and replacement of lost national identity cards.

The closure of the head offices comes after NIRA announced a few days ago that their Wakiso offices were closed due to some security personnel attached to them testing positive for COVID-19.

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.

Uganda had reported 4,978 confirmed COVID-19 cases by Monday afternoon, having seen a rise by 179 infections in the past 24 hours. The President is set to address the nation on Saturday, 19th September 2020 amidst the surge in infections.

Figures announced by the East African country’s health ministry also showed one more death had been reported in the past day, bringing the total number of fatalities to 56.

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