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CORONA VIRUS: Uganda Closes Churches and Schools for One Month

Uganda's Preparedness For Coronavirus


“We are prepared as a Country. We have enough isolation centers and equipment, in case of any outbreak,” said President Museveni.

President Yoweri Museveni

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has ordered the closure of schools and suspended religious gatherings across the country in attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus [COVID19].

Although there has not been any confirmed case of Coronavirus as of today [18th March, 2020], the President directed for the closure of all primary and secondary schools, University and other institutions by Friday, March 20, 2020 at midday, for one month.

“It is wise that we temporary remove these concentration points to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. All these institutions, without exception should close so that we deny this virus high concentration. We don’t want the virus to find dry grass ready for ignition,” President Museveni said.

According to the President, religious gatherings should also be suspended for one month with immediate effect.

“In the interest of our health, this should be suspended for a month with immediate effect,” he said.

Public rallies and cultural meetings have also been suspended for 32 days.

Mr. Museveni also banned Ugandans from traveling to high risk countries. He said returning Ugandans will be quarantined at their cost.

“All out bound movements of all Ugandans going to or through Italy, France, South Korea, China, UK, USA, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Norway, Malaysia, Pakistan, San Marino, Austria, Netherlands has been banned for 32 days,” he said.


For the case of burials, President Museveni advises that in case of demise, burials should be attended by only relatives near the person who has died.

Public Transport

The president has also cautioned Citizens against use of public means for transport such as use of buses and taxis.

He has further advised for strong health measures to be obeyed by the public means operators such as making hand washing a priority and avoid putting sick-looking people on board.

“Do not travel using public means if it is not very necessary,” said the president.

Merry making

In an effort to prevent the probable spread of the virus, Uganda has suspended gatherings for parties, disco clubs, sports among other events for the next 32 days.

The president also notes that in case someone experiences cough and flue, it is necessary for that person to stay at home.

In his address to the nation on Wednesday 18th March, 2020 at State House Entebbe, the President reminded Ugandans that the country is prepared in case of any COVID19 case recorded.

“We are prepared as a Country. We have enough isolation centers and equipment, in case of any outbreak,” said President Museveni.

Corona Virus has claimed more than 7,000 people worldwide, including over 2,100 in Italy, and the worst-hit country outside China. So far, more than 180,000 cases have been recorded in 145 countries.

Uganda has no case of Coronavirus, although all her neighbors of Kenya, Rwanda, and DRC have confirmed cases in the past week.

Tanzania and Somalia on Monday became the latest East Africa countries to confirm their first cases of Coronavirus, as neighboring countries shuttered borders and schools as fears of contagion rose.

As the global pandemic takes root in Africa, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma announced he was donating 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 protective suits to each of the continent’s 54 countries.

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Noah Omuya

Noah Omuya is the founder and CEO of Aica Communications LTD, a Company that currently runs an online news publication (www.aica.co.ug) with a plan of beginning to print Magazines and a newspaper in Ateso language in 2020. He is a Media challenge Fellow- class of 2019 and he has specialized training in writing, strategic and multimedia communication, mainstream and online journalism from the Media challenge fellowship and Kampala International University, where he pursued his Bachelors of Mass Communication. At the age of 18, Omuya was a train-on-job employee with Joshua 93.5 FM where he acquired a three years’ demonstrable experience in broadcast media, content development, public relations and, marketing and promotions strategies for private businesses, public entities and non-profit organizations, as well as engaging with traditional media. He scooped a Media Challenge award for the best feature essay writer of the year 2018. He was also first runner up for the refugee broadcast story of the year, and second runner up for radio feature story teller. The Media Challenge Award qualified him to be part of the Media Challenge Fellowship, where he has got intensive training in solutions journalism, political reporting, investigative reporting, youth participatory radio, multimedia journalism, and data journalism. At the fellowship, he has been trained by international celebrated journalists from BBC, CNN, Reuters, AFP, NBS Tv, UBC Tv, NTV, New Vision, Daily Monitor among other recognized institutes. He also has hands-on experience in research, in different private organizations in Uganda; experience in media relations with regular assignments in field reporting, marketing and public relations.

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