Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced Friday that the country is banning private and public transportation in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19 variants.
The newest lockdown measures prohibit transportation inside and across country districts, even in the Ugandan capital Kampala. The only exceptions to the rule are vehicles transporting cargo, the sick and essential workers, Museveni revealed in a televised speech.
My uncle died and buried in Rwakitura but I did not bury. I was not going to add any value, I was not going to resurrect him,” Museveni said while issuing the directives on Friday.
He ordered Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and District Police Commanders (DPCs) to ensure that all SOPs are observed and not more than 20 people attend burial.
“And avoid gatherings and visits to the deceased family after burials which will promote spread of the virus.”
Uganda is among some African countries seeing a dramatic rise in the number of infections amid a vaccine shortage. It has confirmed a total of 68,779 infections, including 584 deaths. The actual totals are believed to be much higher. Only a few thousand samples are tested daily.