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Uganda announces preventive measures against Covid-19

Author: Staff Writer | Published: Thursday, March 19, 2020

MERS is a potentially fatal coronavirus.

Uganda has announced sweeping restrictions across the country as part of preventive measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

President Yoweri Museveni announced the closure of all schools.

The schools will be closed for a month starting Friday.

“Almost 15 million young Ugandans attend schools. It is wise that we temporarily close these crowded spots for one month to avert the spread of this virus,” Museveni told the media on Wednesday.

The Ugandan president stated that the burials should be performed by members of the immediate family.

He said if the dead, however, is suspected to have died of coronavirus, the burial will be taken over by the government.

In addition, Ugandans are restricted from leaving to or via high-risk countries, which include Italy, China, the U.K., and Iran among others.

Uganda has not confirmed any case of coronavirus as yet, but all its neighbors except South Sudan have reported cases.

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