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The World Bank has granted $300 million (about Shs1.1trillion) budget to support Uganda. FILE PHOTO

World Bank has granted Shs1.1trillion budget to support Uganda in the struggle against coronavirus.

The World Bank has granted $300 million (about Shs1.1trillion) budget to support Uganda in the struggle against the deadly coronavirus.

According to a bank statement released on Tuesday, the money will be used in empowering government’s capacity to curb the spread of the ongoing coronavirus.

“The money will be used to boost the government’s capacity to prevent, detect and treat coronavirus, protect the poor and vulnerable population and support economic recovery,” a bank statement read.

Uganda just like many countries on the African continent has had its economy distorted by the effects caused by the coronavirus. As of today, about 8.7 million people in the country are living extremely below the poverty line of fewer than two dollars a day according to statistics.

This according to the World Bank Country Manager for Uganda, Tony Thompson is why the World Bank has come out to boost and support the government of Uganda in tackling the pandemic.

Mr Thompson said that pandemic has had a significant impact not only on the economy but the livelihoods of many Ugandan citizens and as a result the money granted will be used by the government to provide vital services, social safety nets and a more robust shock-responsive system for the long term thereby revamping the economy.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy and livelihoods. This budget support operation will enable the Government to provide vital services, social safety nets and a more robust shock-responsive system for the long term; and the economy to recover faster,” Mr Thompson explained.

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The World Bank has granted $300 million (about Shs1.1trillion) budget to support Uganda. FILE PHOTO

This comes after the Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed an additional four new COVID-19 cases from tests done on June 30th.

Four people tested positive including one truck driver who arrived via Malaba border point of entry and three contacts and alerts, two from Kyotera and one from Amuru district.

As of today, the cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans is 893 with active cases now lying on 184 including 162 Ugandans, 19 foreigners and three refugees.

A total of 837 people have so far recovered from the coronavirus in Uganda and no single individual has yet succumbed to death from the deadly virus.