BREAKING NEWS: President Yoweri Museveni has ordered for the closure of schools and suspended religious gatherings across the country in attempt to curb the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The president made this announcement in his address of the nation on Covid-19 held on Sunday night stating that churches, schools and mosques are on a ban for the next 42 days (6 weeks) effective Monday, May 07, 2021.
Museveni noted there is an increased numbers of clusters of infections in schools since March adding that a total of 948 have been reported in 43 schools from 22 districts.
“Kampala, Gulu, Masaka and Oyam districts combined constitute 61% of reported cases in schools & higher institutions of learning.” Therefore, “All teachers must vaccinate before reporting back to school after those 42 days,” Museveni noted.
“Public or cultural gatherings except for the sitting of the cabinet, legislature are suspended for 42 days,” he added.
Museveni also ordered that public transport from one district to another is suspended starting 10th of June.
“This is to allow children from school to get to their home,” he said.
Museveni also noted that non agricultural activities like factory, construction, shopping malls, supermarkets, taxi parks are to continue operating with Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) observation and failure to comply within a week they will be suspended.
“Marriage ceremonies to continue with maximum 20 people under strict observation of SOPs.”
“Public transport from district to district suspended for 42 days from June 10, 2021 and Interdistrict travel banned for 42 days.”
According to the President, the government is committed to vaccinating all the 21.9 million eligible Ugandans, starting with the priority groups of 4.8 million people.