Uganda planning body calls for strengthening border restrictions to curb COVID-19

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ELEGU, UGANDA - 2020/05/28: A health worker dressed in a protective suit as a preventive measure collects swab samples from a truck driver to be tested for coronavirus at the Elegu border point. He will have to wait days for the result. Uganda closed its borders in March to everyone except cargo planes and truck drivers. (Photo by Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Uganda National Planning Authority (NPA) on Tuesday called for increased border restrictions amid high numbers of COVID-19 cases in neighboring countries.

FILE PHOTO: A health worker dressed in a protective suit as a preventive measure collects swab samples from a truck driver to be tested for coronavirus at the Elegu border point. /Getty Images

“It is thus important to note that the immediate neighboring countries have a higher number of cases and they are increasing. There is need to strengthen the cross-border movement restrictions and testing at the border,” the planning authority said.

The authority predicted that for the week ending August 28, Uganda will have an average of 169 cases per day and a weekly total of 1,184 cases. For the week ending September 4, the cases will go up to 190 cases reported per day and a weekly average of 1,328 cases.

The increase, according to NPA, is attributed to the easing of the lockdown restrictions. The number of cases is likely to go higher depending on adherence to the prevention measures.

Ministry of health on August 20 warned that the country is likely to face a more lethal third wave of the pandemic if the prevention measures are not adhered to.

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