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.
“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.
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.
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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