Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the closure of schools and the suspension of religious gatherings nationwide for 42 days. The decision, which comes into effect on Monday 7 June, follows a rise in cases of Covid-19 in the country.
Yoweri Museveni is stepping on the gas in the face of rising Covid-19 cases in Uganda. In his address on the state of the pandemic, the Ugandan President ordered the closure of schools and the suspension of religious gatherings, effective Monday 7 June. « All schools and institutions of higher learning should close for 42 days from 7 June 2021 at 08:00, » he said.
In his statement, Yoweri said 948 new cases to date have been reported in 43 schools in 22 districts of Kampala. « There is an increased number of clusters of infections in schools, » he said, also showing concern about the mutation of the virus. « This is becoming a real problem because the virus has mutated and is now attacking young people. Everything has changed from the recent data projection, and the situation is expected to get worse because of the lack of compliance with barrier measures. Regarding religious gatherings, Museveni said the suspension is a preventive measure against the rise of new cases.
On the ground, there is a relaxation of the barrier measures. Prior to Yoweri Museveni’s address, Ugandan police arrested more than 1,000 people in bars in Kampala on Saturday for failing to comply with barrier measures. « The aim was to search bars that were operating in total disregard of the Ministry of Health guidelines. A total of 1,100 suspects were arrested (…) The suspects were arrested in different bars in the Kampala metropolitan area, » KMP spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told local media.