Uganda has reimposed a 42 day lockdown as the numbers of people getting infected surges. During a Friday Night Address, the president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, issued a directive to stop all movements within the country for a total of 42 days so that to control the rate at which the virus is spreading in busy business centers.
Earlier on Friday, the Ministry of Health had shared figures indicating 1564 cases to have been recorded in the previus 24 hours. Up to date, the country has registered 584 deaths.
During the briefing, the president blamed Ugandans for violating all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well the directive to stop inter-district travel. He noted that the number of severely and critically ill COVID-19 patients has more than doubled. The increased rate of infections has strained the health system, particularly the available oxygen supply.
During the 42 days both public transport and private vehicles have been banned. Only essential workers are allowed to use private transport.
Transportation of goods is allowed. Boda Boda are only allowed to transport goods but not passengers.
The curfew time throughout the country has been pulled back to 19:00 hours up to 05:30 hours.”