President Yoweri Museveni has imposed a total lockdown in Uganda following a recent surge in COVID-19 in the country.
Through a statement, Museveni noted that the number of new cases has steadily hiked in recent days compared to initial figures issued by the Ministry of Health in Uganda.
Among the new measures imposed include restricted movement of both public and private vehicles for a period of 42 days. The movement with borders and districts have contributed to the rise in infections.
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In a span of one month, Uganda has recorded 25,685 new infections proving how fast the virus was moving in the country.
The President noted how alarming the new statistics are worrying as out of every 100 tests conducted, 17 people were found to have tested positive for the virus. That being said, on Friday Uganda confirmed 42 COVID-19 deaths and 1,564 new cases of the virus.
Addressing the country, President Museveni noted that the measures may be tough but necessary so as to fight the pandemic. Out of the 42 deaths, 17 of them occurred after an oxygen facility in some of the hospitals failed.