In the wake of the looming Corona pandemic, President Museveni has issued tough measures and ordered for the immediate closure of all entry points to Uganda.

The president has announced an immediate suspension of all commercial flights to Entsbbs airport effective March 22, 2020. He also directed that all entry points with neighbouring countries be closed. “No passenger planes will be allowed to land in Uganda or leave. Only cargo planes and their crew will be allowed in the country,” Museveni said. “Meanwhile, those sneezing should keep away from the public,” he further directed.

“Humans crossing into Uganda from different border points are prohibited going forward. This is until we find a coordinator at the East African level. Please stay where you are. We are not against anyone but this is about manageability,” Museveni emphasises in a Facebook statement.

Museveni’s latest directive contravenes his earlier decision to allow entry to Ugandan nationals. With this development, Uganda follows Rwanda’s efforts as it took similar measures to contain the disease. Whereas Uganda remains the only East African country without a case, there are still possible loopholes that could make it vulnerable to the Corona pandemic.

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