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Public Transport Banned In Effort To Contain Coronavirus In Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni has headed to the advice that Uganda should ban uncontrolled movement of people in the country using public transport means as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus disease also known as COVID19.

This means that life continues to get harder each day for Ugandans as the country continues with the efforts of combating the coronavirus disease which has ravaged the entire globe.

A few hours after the ministry of health announced that the country had registered five new COVID19 cases, President Yoweri Museveni in the latest address to Uganda banned the use of all public means and partly the markets.

“We wouldn't like to close the market but carry out some changes. Measure number two, markets should only be for selling food only. Trading in the market, non-food stuff is forbidden. This will reduce numbers for social distance,” he stated.

Adding: “This means all taxis, all minibuses, buses, passenger trains, all tuk-tuks and all boda bodas are not allowed to move because we want to minimize movement of people,” “The only means will be private vehicles but they should not carry more than 3 people including the driver. “

Many Ugandan anticipated that this was going to be the president’s next step after newer cases were registered outside Kampala and Entebbe.

President Museveni said that now that Uganda has got other cases from other districts besides Kampala and Entebbe, there are teams even in the villages trained to monitor and take samples of suspected cases.

The president directed that government vehicles in all districts should be centralized at the district headquarters to be on standby to be deployed by the district medical officer should they be needed to attend to a suspected coronavirus. Only military and police vehicles have been exempted from this directive.  

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