There was panic and speculation over coronavirus diseases after four men collapsed in Kampala on Tuesday morning.
Two unidentified men collapsed at Blue Room in central Kampala causing panic among people in nearby places. The locals recorded videos that they later circulated on various social media platforms claiming that the persons had died of coronavirus.
One witness who identified himself as, Karenzi Emmy, claimed that the persons were removed from the scenes when they were already dead. Another alleged that the victims were bleeding from the nose and mouth, claims that, however, could not be verified.
“We are scared and we think this could be coronavirus. People are just collapsing and dying on the streets. We are sure they were picked already dead,” Karenzi said.
Kampala Central police commanded by Officer in Charge operation, Ivan Nduhura, rushed at Blue Room but found the victims still alive and were rushed to Mulago Hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.
Superintendent of Police, Patrick Onyango said preliminary findings of Blue Room incident show one man collapsed because he was too drunk while the other accidentally knocked a metallic pole and became unconscious.
“These are not coronavirus victims. One person was drunk, lost consciousness and fell down. The other person accidentally knocked a pole and lost consciousness,” Onyango said.
In the second incident, which allegedly took place at 2K Restaurant in Bukesa, Rubaga division, two men were seen abruptly falling down as nearby people recorded videos using phones. Old Kampala police division led by DPC Edrisa Kyeyune rushed to the scene where the victims were found fighting for their lives. Police took the victims to Mulago Hospital for urgent treatment.
However, police investigations established that the Bukesa duo identified as Ntambi Adat and Abudurahim Kalema was sedated by their colleagues who attempted to steal their money, amounting to 14 million Shillings.
Onyango identified the suspects who had allegedly sedated Ntambi and Kalema as Ssengendo Hussein and Mubiru Ahmed. The staff at 2K Restaurant said the group entered the eatery together but others became unconscious soon after eating.
“Workers at the restaurant informed police that responded and took the victims to the hospital. Police carried out preliminary investigations and immediately conducted a search. Two suspects were arrested and the 14 million Shillings was recovered,” Onyango said.
Uganda has so far confirmed 9 Covid-19 cases with several other people who recently returned from Dubai and other countries are still under quarantine.