Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday June 6 ordered schools to be closed and non-essential trips between districts suspended in an attempt to stem the worrying rise in Covid-19 cases recorded in recent weeks. Schools will be closed from Monday for six weeks and most gatherings banned, except weddings and funerals in small committees.
As of Thursday, only emergency, tourist or goods transport vehicles will be allowed to travel from one district to another (the country has 135), while the curfew from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. is maintained until mid-July. Most shops and markets remain open, provided they comply with government health regulations, but bars remain closed.
Uganda, which had adopted strong measures to fight the Covid-19 epidemic as early as March 2020, was relatively spared from the virus. But contaminations and the number of serious cases are increasing in recent weeks. “The proportion of severe or critical cases due to Covid-19, as well as death, is greater in this wave than in the first”, a relevé M. Museveni.
The head of state explained that the country had recorded as many severe and critical cases of Covid-19 in two weeks as over a period of three to four months during the first wave. The country has so far recorded 52,935 cases, including 383 deaths. But the number of tests performed is low, and these numbers are very likely to fall short of reality.
The Ministry of Health recently announced that all intensive care and highly dependent patient beds were already occupied in the country. As in many African countries, immunization progresses very slowly: barely 750,000 people have received one dose (35,000 received two doses) in a country of some 45 million people.