Museveni Imposes One Of Africa’s Tightest Lockdowns As Covid-19 Surges

KEY POINTS

  • President Museveni has re-imposed a strict lockdown to help beat back a surge in Covid-19 cases in Uganda.
  • Closure of schools and suspension of inter-district travel are among some of the measures that the government has undertaken.
  • Museveni said most of the new restrictions would be implemented for 42 days after which they will be reviewed.

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President Yoweri Museveni has re-imposed a strict lockdown to help beat back a surge in Covid-19 cases in Uganda.

In a televised address to the nation on Sunday June 6th, Museveni said Uganda was registering a rapid increase in cases of Covid-19 and as such his government had to act fast to contain the spread.

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Uganda has so far registered slightly over 50,000 cases of Coronavirus, with 334 reported deaths and 15,000 recoveries.

However, there has been a spike in Covid-19 cases in Uganda over the past two months. Museveni said the capital Kampala was the most affected registering an average of 500 cases per day.

Museveni noted that the surge in number of Coronavirus infections in Uganda was due to poor compliance by the population and failure to follow government guidance.

The president announced new strict measures to curb the virus spread. Most of the new restrictions he said would be implemented for 42 days.

An assessment of the restrictions impact will then help the government decide whether to ease or prolong them.

The president announced at least 17 strict measures to help curb community infections in the country, they include;

1. Schools closed for 42 days effective June 7, 2021

2. Churches, mosques and open air worship closed for 42 days

3. All teachers to get vaccinated before returning to school

4. Public, cultural gatherings and conferences suspended for 42 days

5. Travel from category A countries remain suspended except for returning Ugandans

6. Agriculture activities like cultivating and ploughing gardens and fishing to continue

7. Nonagricultural activities like factory, construction, shopping malls and super markets to continue while observing SOPs

8. Factories, hotels, Markets, to operate under strict observance of SOPs

9. Marriage ceremonies and other social gatherings allowed with a maximum of 20 people under strict observance of SOPs

10. House parties are strictly banned

11. No. Of persons at burials and vigils should not exceed 20 people

12. Weekly nonfood markets suspended for 42 days

13. Cattle markets suspended for 42 days

14. All public transport between and across districts are suspended for 42 days from 10th of June 2021

15. All inter district travel banned except between Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono for 42 days. Only cargo trucks excepted. Registered travel vehicles and service vehicles excepted.

16. Public transport allowed within districts

17. Cargo trucks are allowed only 2 people

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