A full-blown health crisis may be brewing as persons quarantined over suspicion of exhibiting symptoms of the novel Coronavirus are alleged to have begun having sex with each other.
The Permanent Secretary in Uganda’s Ministry of Health, who made the claim in an interview, described the development as “too dangerous” for the individuals involved and the country in general.
According to Diana Atwine, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, the action of the individuals violated social distancing guidelines and is jeopardising the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the disease.
She said the sexual activities by persons in the quarantined centres only encourages the spread of the disease among this already risky group.
“Ugandans are not serious. Some who are in quarantine have even begun having (sexual) affairs. They move to rooms of others in the hotels where we have placed them. Others like in Mulago move from their rooms to visit their colleagues who are in other rooms, this is too dangerous and it will distract our efforts,” Atwiine told Radio One talk show.
Atwiine revealed that the act was the reason why some people have not been released upon the completion of their 14-day quarantine.
Security officers, it was learnt, have been deployed to stop or limit movements within quarantine centres.
Uganda has recorded 54 cases of Coronavirus with seven patients discharged after recovering.