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Uganda Shuts Down Borders To Neighboring Countries: Suspends All Passenger Flights

Uganda is the only east African Country that has not registered any case of COVID-19

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We are not against anyone but this is about manageability_ President Museveni

In an effort of intensifying precautionary measures against the controversial COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the government of Uganda has announced the shutdown of all borders to the neighboring countries and all passenger flights to the Country.

While delivering additional measures on protecting Ugandans against Coronavirus this evening [Saturday 21st March, 2020], President Yoweri Museveni explained that the shutting of borders to the Nation’s neighbors will last until they find a coordination at the East African level.

“Humans crossing into Uganda from the different border points are prohibited going forward,” stated the President.

 

Citizens who will be caught up by this directive which is effective Sunday 22nd March, 2020 have been advised to stay where the lock-down finds them.

President Yoweri Museveni.

“We are not against anyone but this is about manageability,” explained the President.

On air travels, the President announced that no passenger planes will be allowed to land in Uganda or leave. However, only cargo planes and their crew members will be allowed in the country.

National Prayers

Earlier in the day, President Museveni together with different religious leaders conducted an intercession for the Nation over the Coronavirus pandemic at the State House in Entebbe.

The theme of the prayer was got from the Book of 2 Chronicles 6:27 “Hear from heaven and forgive the sins of your servants, your people.”

These additional measures and State prayers have come at a time when the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) registered the first virus-linked death in the country and five new cases.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng applauded the President for closing the entry points to the country.

According to the Minister, these measures will help in better monitoring of what is inside the country and enable the ministry concentrate efforts.

“We need to put more emphasis on educating the public about the preventive measures for COVID-19,” stressed the Minister.

All East African countries except Uganda have confirmed cases of Coronavirus. The disease has spread to approximately 150 countries including China prompting WHO to declare the disease as a global pandemic.

The novel Coronavirus has killed more than 6,500 worldwide, according to an estimate from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources.

At least 174,085 cases have been confirmed globally with 77,866 recovered cases according to worldometer statistics.

 

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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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