Uganda’s President declares total lockdown as COVID-19 death toll rises

Uganda’s President declares total lockdown as COVID-19 death toll rises

The death of 234 Ugandans due to Covid-19 in the last one month has prompted President Museveni to declare a total lockdown in Uganda; six months after the state had made pronouncements of a gradually phased re-opening.

‘‘All cross boundary and inter-district movement of public or private transport is banned for 42 days starting June 18 (10pm local time). The movement of persons needs to be stopped since it is the cornerstone of the rise in cases,’’ Daily Monitor has quoted President Museveni. 

Pounded with a 17 per cent flash of accelerated fast-spreading Covid-19 cases, Uganda has between May 18 and June 18 also recorded 25, 685 new infections.

‘‘Only tourists from countries that vaccinated people can come. When we have a situation of about 17 new cases in every 100 tests, then we are in danger,’’ Mr Museveni warned. 

"The airport will remain open but we shall not allow any virus to come in,’’ he added.

Resurging at a time when Uganda had started flattening the curve, president Museveni said 42 Covid-19 deaths were announced Friday, coupled with 1,564 new cases.  Uganda's Covid-19 death toll has since shot up to 584, as of June 19.

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