Entebbe – Uganda has closed its borders and banned entry of all International [commercial] flights, vehicles and water vessels into the country.
Speaking after national prayers held at State House, Entebbe on Saturday, President Museveni said that it’s by God’s mercy that Uganda has not yet confirmed a case of COVID-19.
“I am glad we are praying, but even as we pray, we must also continue doing as much to battle coronavirus. God created us in his own image and gave us the power to establish dominion over nature. Eventually, we shall defeat COVID-19,” President Museveni said.
To maintain the current status quo, the President announced that all travel into or out of Uganda by any transport means has been stopped.
“No passenger planes will be allowed to land in Uganda or leave. Only cargo planes and their crew members will be allowed in the country,” Museveni said.
“Humans crossing into Uganda from the different border points are prohibited going forward. This is until we find coordination at the East African level. Please stay where you are. We are not against anyone but this is about manageability,” he added.
Africa Tembelea understands that these new measures will take effect tomorrow after midnight.
According to President Museveni, the only flights that will be allowed into the country are cargo planes and emergency planes like UN planes carrying aid. Domestic flights can also continue.
However, the crews on these planes will be expected to undergo institutional quarantine.
Cargo vehicles will also be allowed to enter the country. However only three people will be allowed to enter the country per vehicle.
The President said that the country decided to ban all travel due to reluctance of travelers to adhere to the quarantine measures.
Mr. Museveni also said that he never believes in pessimism but is one person who trys to find solutions.
“I never believe in pessimism. I always look at finding solutions, yes we shall have problems in the economy, tourism, night clubs, bars will suffer but other aspects of the economy will thrive,” he said.
“COVID-19 has brought with it challenges, but most importantly it has given us a rude awakening. For instance, we have been spending $7b importing things from China. The government is going to invest in those who can manufacture things here.”
Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa and the East African bloc that have not yet registered any confirmed case of COVID 19. So far, more than 600 cases have been confirmed with in Africa.
According to Worldometer statistics 303,443 COVID-19 cases have been registered globally, with 12,964 deaths and 94,640 having recovered.