Uganda to start easing virus lockdown from June 2.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni addresses the nation at State House in Entebbe, Uganda, on September 9, 2018. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP/ Getty Images)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who on March 23, 2020 said he is still assessing whether to ban public transport as part of his government’s efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. PHOTO | DAILY MONITOR

Uganda plans to start easing strict lockdown measures from June 2 and also reopening schools for leaners set to do national examinations this year.

President Yoweri Museveni announced on Monday that authorities plan to distribute face masks to all citizens, six years old and above.

He is quoted saying that public transporters will also be allowed to restart operations but at half their capacity, while shops in buildings that are not crowded will reopen.

Uganda’s government joins other African countries in easing restrictions that were introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The measures in some countries have brought economies to their knees and raised the risk of hunger and social distress.

The East African country has enforced measures for almost two months to help reduce the spread of the virus outbreak by prohibiting movement of vehicles except for cargo and essential services.

Schools and places of worship were closed and a nighttime curfew was introduced by the government.

Uganda has 260 confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths.