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Uganda heading to a ‘dangerous phase’ of pandemic: President Museveni

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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
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. /State House Uganda

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is warning that the country is heading to a more dangerous phase of the novel coronavirus.

In a televised address on Monday night,  Museveni said cases of the disease were being reported among people whose contacts could not be traced following the reopening of private and public transport in some parts of the country.

Previous cases of the disease had mostly been reported among returnees from abroad and cross-border truck drivers.

The president said restrictions on public and private transport in at least 33 border districts would be lifted.

But districts that have a high population of refugees or are major border transit points will continue to enforce regulations on transport.

Other controls that remain in effect include a nighttime curfew as well as the closure of places of worship and schools.

The country has so far confirmed 774 coronavirus cases with 631 recoveries and no death.

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