Uganda re-imposes lockdown to beat back COVID-19 case surge


A civilian receives reduction meals throughout a authorities distribution train to civilians affected by the lockdown, as a part of measures to forestall the potential unfold of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Kampala, Uganda April 4, 2020. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa/File Photograph

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of colleges and the suspension of inter-district journey to assist beat again a surge in COVID-19 instances within the East African nation.

The brand new measures, which will likely be efficient from Monday morning, embody the closure of all academic establishments, some bans on journey, the shutdown of weekly open markets, and the suspension of church companies.

A lot of the new restrictions, Museveni mentioned, could be carried out for 42 days. An evaluation of their influence will then assist the federal government determine whether or not to ease or lengthen them, he added.

Uganda carried out considered one of Africa’s tightest lockdowns at the start of the pandemic greater than a 12 months in the past, but it surely was regularly lifted as instances slowed to a trickle.

Final month nonetheless infections began to spike and new instances, notably amongst youthful individuals, have surged, fuelling fears that the nation may slip into an out-of-control second wave.

Museveni mentioned in a televised handle on Sunday night time {that a} second wave gripping the nation was “diffuse and sustained”.

The federal government, he mentioned, was anxious the soar in instances would “exhaust the obtainable mattress area and oxygen provide in hospitals except we represent pressing public well being measures”.

“On this wave the depth of extreme and critically sick COVID-19 sufferers and loss of life is greater than what we skilled within the first wave of the pandemic,” he mentioned.

COVID-19 infections in Uganda are on a median every day foundation at their peak, with 825 new infections reported every day, in keeping with a Reuters evaluation. []

From January to April the positivity fee in examined samples was largely beneath 3% however the fee began climbing sharply final month, hitting 18% on June 2, in keeping with Ministry of Well being information.

The east African nation has up to now reported almost 53,000 constructive instances and 383 deaths.

The brand new restrictions probably threaten to arrest an already fragile financial restoration from the blow inflicted by final 12 months’s lockdown.

These restrictions contributed to a 1.1% financial contraction in 2020, however the finance ministry had projected earlier than Sunday’s new measures that progress would climb to between 4-5% within the fiscal 12 months beginning July.

Our Requirements: The Thomson Reuters Belief Ideas.


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