Museveni Suspends Movement in Districts (1)
President Museveni has suspended the movement of people from one district to another. FILE PHOTO

President Museveni has suspended movement across district lines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, as Uganda enters its ‌second‌ ‌ lockdown.

As part of new measures meant to end the spread of COVID-19, President Museveni has suspended movement between districts as Uganda enters its ‌second‌ ‌lockdown.

The directive was announced by President Museveni on Sunday as he addressed the country. He said because the virus had reached a stage where it was fast spreading they had to devise Stringent measures to help prevent it.

All public transport between and across districts is suspended for 42 days effective 10th June 2021. This is to allow our children to go home, otherwise, I should have said immediately,” Museveni said.

All inter-district travel is banned for 42 days except for cargo trucks and travel within the Kampala Metropolitan, Kampala-Wakiso, and Kampala-Mukono,” he added making an exception for Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts where he allowed people to move.

The president mentioned that the decision was inevitable due to the general laxity in many districts. Museveni gave an example of the most affected districts including Kampala and Wakiso which have reported massive cases in recent weeks. 

“Currently, the highest-burden districts like Kampala report an average of 500 cases per day followed by Wakiso and Gulu that have reported over 100 cases per day,” Museveni mentioned.

“There is general laxity in the response in many districts resulting in increased transmission. I am informed that most of the district taskforces are not meeting regularly to mitigate the problem.”

This, however, comes at a time when the virus continues to first spread countrywide. 

As of Sunday, the cumulative confirmed cases in Uganda are 52,929 with 374 of those already confirmed dead while the recoveries are 43,487. 

The Ministry of Health also notes that there are currently 277 patients who are severely healing while 37 are in a critical state. 

These are admitted at both private and public health centres.

Meanwhile, in other measures, the president also put in place many new Standard Operating Procedures that need to be followed. He said unlike before where the violators have been arrested and taken to courts of law, this time they will be stressed to monetary fines.

“Violation of these measures will lead to fines. Instead of arresting people and filling jails, this time you will have to pay. Why do we waste time with arresting these people? The Secretary for treasury will issue a statutory instrument and when you violate you are fined.”