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Museveni announces total lockdown; Public and Private transport banned

President Museveni has directed a ban on public transport all over the country to help stop the spread of the deadly Coronavirus

 President Museveni has directed a ban on both private and public transport all over the country to help stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 that has hit the country hard in its second wave.

Three weeks ago, the President banned both private and public inter-district transport but he stated that it has been observed that taxis and Boda Bodas drop passengers at the district boundaries in a contest system only to be taken by colleagues waiting across the boundary a vice that has led to further spread of the virus.

“Additionally, it has also been observed that despite this directive, human beings walk across district boundaries. This, therefore, has not achieved its intended purpose,” Museveni said.

He noted that the movement of individuals fuels the virus transmission and without limiting the movement of persons, there will be more infections.

“The virus doesn’t transport itself but transported by human beings. The virus is not the problem but human beings and their conduct. Therefore, all transport is suspended for 42 days starting today. No movement of public transport, private cars, Boda Boda and private Boda Bodas,” Museveni said.

“This needs to be stopped since and is the cornerstone of the current exponential transmission drive. Only registered tourists’ vehicles will be allowed to move. These should move directly to their destinations and designated places. Emergency vehicles, police and army vehicles, and essential workers vehicles will be allowed to move.”

Museveni directed the Joint Intelligence Committee to monitor compliance of particularly the private cars allowed to cross the borders to ensure total observance of the SOPs and guidelines.

The directives, according to Museveni come in effect starting tonight but directed RDCs to work with CAOs and District Health Officers to make arrangements to ensure all individuals that require medical care and evacuation in their respective districts are taken care of.

The president said the current trend of the virus has seen infections increase by 17 folds and hence the need to be curtailed.

“Over the past three weeks, the daily number of people testing positive for Corona has increased from less than 100 to now over 1,700. This represents a 17 fold increase in daily cases. As a result, our epidemic curve is now on the steep rise with increased reports of deaths nationwide,” he said.

According to Museveni, the country is currently experiencing a very high hospitalization rate and deaths for Covid patients among all age categories that he said need to be brought down.

“The strategy is to prevent these infections so that we have few infected people if at all. The situation can be managed by minimizing the number of infections and give urgent care for the severely ill,” Museveni said.

The President’s new directives are to be in place for the next 42 days

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