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Coronavirus: Uganda President Yoweri Museveni announces a lockdown

By Njange Maina
Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni : PHOTO/COURTESY

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on March 30 announced a lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

"After much consideration, we have decided to prohibit all people-to-people movement including those using private means," said Museveni.

Monday evening, President Museveni said he would update his citizens before 10pm with further preventive measures that Uganda would take to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

According to the Uganda Head of State, controlling the movement of people for a 'limited time' was less risky than gambling with the spread of Covid-19.

Museveni said there were still windows to spread Covid-19, hence necessitating, the lock down.

In the newest measures, Uganda has prohibited all-people movement including users of private cars and bodabodas.

Effective 10.00pm Monday, Ugandans living in urban centres have been banned from travelling countryside.

Museveni also banned gatherings of above five people and put a 7.00pm to 5.00am curfew.

For emergencies, Museveni said his government would provide transport during the lockdown. District Medical Officers will manage medical emergencies, said Museveni.

Food markets have however, been excluded from the lockdown but people are require to observe a radius of 4 metres social space.

Currently, Uganda has 33 Covid-19 cases and has now joined Rwanda to announce a lockdown among the East African countries

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