2020 Corruption Perceptions Index reveals widespread corruption is weakening COVID-1 9 response, threatening global recovery.
Kampala 28th January 2021 -The 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International reveals that persistent corruption is undermining health care systems and contributing to democratic backsliding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Countries that perform well on the index invest more in health care, are better able to provide universal health coverage and are less likely to violate democratic norms and institutions or the rule of law. “COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis. It is a corruption crisis. And one that we are currently failing to manage,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International said. “The past year has tested governments like no other in memory, and those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge. But even those at the top of the CPI must urgently address their role in perpetuating corruption at home and abroad.”
The latest CPI revealed a decline in Uganda’s performance in the global ranking and score from 28/100 to 27/100 dropping five positions from 137 to 142/180 countries. A special release was produced in the East African Paper about the CPI 2020
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KAMPALA, June 10, 2020: Covid-19, is a viral respiratory infection that has led to the loss of thousands of lives and has led to the hospitalization of millions more. It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on March 11, 2020 and in Uganda, the first case was registered on March 21, 2020.
According to the Ministry of Health, 657 people have contracted the disease, 118 have recovered from it and is monitoring some 7,777 contacts, there have been no fatalities. So far, 137,808 samples have been tested.
Uganda has subsequently put in place mechanisms to curb the spread of the virus including; mandatory quarantine for all returnees, night curfew, food distribution to the most vulnerable, a creation of several seclusion zones, closure of schools and places of worship and a revamp of various medical centres to act as hospitals for those affected.
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