Coronavirus in Uganda: Museveni bans private transport, orders all Arcades to close

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KAMPALA — President Museveni has banned all people to people movement – in any form as government works to contain the spread of Coronavirus infections countrywide.

In a televised address, Museveni said this has been done because some private car owners have turned their vehicles into taxis.

“Even if the private car owners abode by the regulations, it would not guarantee the spread of the virus,” he said.

This ban on all private transport follows an earlier directive where government suspended all public transport, including taxis, coasters, buses, passenger trains, tuk-tuks and Boda-bodas.

According to President Museveni, the 14 day ban that takes effect from 10pm today (March 30), also affects Arcades and non-food shops (stores).

“The ban on private transport takes effect at 10:00pm today.  I would have given public time to adjust but scientifically this would cause more trouble as people would try to go to villages and instead transport the Covid-19,” he said.

“Food markets will continue to operate but under precautions of a distance of 4 meters to right, left, front and rare between buyer and seller, seller and seller,” he added.

The President said that in the absence of private cars, government vehicles will be pooled to provide help in health emergencies. These, he said will be under command of District Medical Officers.

He appealed to the general public to remain calm but vigilant and practice the preventive measures issued by the Ministry of health.

According to the Ministry of Health, Uganda’s national tally of those who have tested positive to COVID-19 remains at 33. Among these are 31 Ugandans and 2 Chinese.

Africa Tembelea understands that all the 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda are in stable condition at Mulago National Specialised Hospital, Entebbe Grade B Hospital, Adjumani and Hoima hospitals.

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