Museveni bans public transport as coronavirus cases reach 14


Public transport has been banned in Uganda for two weeks. Courtesy photo.

Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed five new cases of coronavirus – increasing the number of those infected to fourteen.

The five new cases, confirmed by State Health Minister for Primary Health Care, Joyce Moriku, involved two Chinese nationals who had escaped quarantine and were arrested from Zombo district.

Of the remaining three, an 8 month old baby also tested positive of the global pandemic.

Before the plague, Uganda’s health ministry had issued guidelines and improved examination at Entebbe International Airport whilst President Museveni, also coming out to issue directives.

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However, since the first case – involving a 36 year old man who had returned from Dubai was confirmed, and subsequent eight cases – and five – confirmed on Wednesday, a number of directives were already issued by President Museveni.

Among few of the directives Mr Museveni issued last week were; banning all social gatherings, religious activities, among others.

In his subsequent directive, the President also announced a ban on flights into and out of the country, to mention but a few.

On Wednesday, 25 March 2020 during his fourth nation address, he banned all public transport – among them taxis, coasters, buses, trains, and tuk-tuk for 14 days.

He added that private vehicles should not carry more than three people.

Mr Museveni also issued restriction and condition for markets’ operations, directing that markets should only be for selling food stuffs.

The above directives followed a Wednesday cabinet meeting in which it was resolved that public transport be temporarily closed for two weeks, to help monitor virus spread across the country.


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