Covid-19:Ugandans Hope for Lock down Cessation

By Derrick Wadria

Covid-19 has caused more wreckage in the world and Ugandans as well are weeping due to lockdown and other set preventive measures that were enforced in March to curb the virus.

Uganda to current stands with 88 positive cases, 52 recoveries and 36 active cases from 36302 tests.

Nearly all the new cases of Covid-19 that have tested positive in the last two weeks have been cargo truck drivers bringing in essential commodities from Kenya and Tanzania.

Streets empty during curfew

However everyone’s eyes await the presidential address tomorrow on a way forward as the on going lockdown ends on Tuesday.

President Museveni addressing the nation recently

Following the first Covid-19 case recorded on March 21, the airport and all borders were on March 22 closed to passenger traffic except cargo.

The President on March 27 suspended public transport for 14 days. This was later followed by suspension of private transport, only allowing cargo trucks and essential delivery vehicles to continue operating. 

On March 30, a curfew was imposed and a total lockdown declared for 14 days. The lockdown was extended for another three weeks up to May 5.

Well, neighbors Rwanda lifted their lockdown with ease and looking into Rwanda’s new guidelines will Uganda borrow some of the ideas from East Africa’s cleanest country or lift the lockdown?

According to Rwanda, Public and private businesses will resume work with essential staff while other employees continue working from home.

Markets will open for essential vendors not exceeding 50% of registered traders. 

Hotels and restaurants will open and close by 7 p.m., but meetings in public spaces and mass gatherings are prohibited.

Under the new guidelines, the government announced a curfew from 8pm to 5am

Borders will also remain closed except for cargo as well as returning Rwandans and legal citizens, who will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

The new guidelines restrict funeral gatherings to not more than 30 people, while public and private transport between different provinces and the city of Kigali is not permitted.

Schools will remain closed until September as well as places of worship, bars and recreation centers

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