Coronavirus— Uganda, Rwanda Relax Lockdown Measures

  • There have been concerns from health professionals about the effectiveness of homemade masks.
  • Museveni said the measures have so far been successful in preventing the rapid spread of the virus.
  • Rwandans resumed their activities in terms of wearing masks.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has declared that wearing masks is mandatory in the country from today on, the period in which the ban on immigration is lifted. The move was announced on Monday night, when President Museveni addressed the nation after completing 35 days of the ban, or lockdown.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled notorious Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85) before capturing power in the 80s.

Museveni said people could also wear homemade masks. However, there have been concerns from health professionals about the effectiveness of homemade masks. In another move, Museveni has said that allowing the daily activities to continue as previously need to be done carefully, and in order to prevent the virus from spreading rapidly.

In the beginning, he has allowed wholesale stores, car repair garages, and warehouses to be opened. He has also allowed insurance workers and a small number of lawyers to return to work. The remaining provisions of the previous ban still remain. The closure of the country’s borders still remains, as does the ban on public and private transportation, public gatherings, and the curfew. They will still exist for another 14 days.

Museveni said the measures have so far been successful in preventing the rapid spread of the virus. “You can’t stop sleeping by dreaming a bad dream. We will start opening processes without compromising our success. The success is 89 patients, 55 who have survived and no death,” explained Museveni last night.

The number of new infections as of this morning in the country has increased from 89 to 97. Among those patients, Ugandans are 57. Until Monday, 30 truck drivers had been found in the country, among them 13 Kenyans and 12 Tanzanians. Uganda’s move to loosen the terms of the ban is in line with Rwanda and Nigeria from yesterday morning.

“Back to Normal” in Rwanda

After 45 days of staying inside the city, there was a lot of activity in Kigali yesterday. Rwandans resumed their activities in terms of wearing masks. The government has relaxed the measures it has taken on the basis of preventing coronavirus infections.
The Rwandan government announced that from Monday, some people will be allowed to continue their normal activities, while others remain closed.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The statement said that, from Monday, residents would be allowed to make their own masks but would not be allowed to leave their homes from 2 PM to 11 PM. Public and private businesses will also reopen. Markets will reopen, but only 50% of businesses will work. Restaurants and hotels will start operating and close from 1 AM at night.

In addition, athletes will be allowed to practice, but other major sports and other leisure facilities will remain closed. In the city of Kigali, people have been happy with the step back to normal life but the rise in fares is a major concern.

The government has increased fares because buses are only allowed to carry a limited number of people, as one of the measures to ensure proximity is met. Gatherings are still banned. The law of staying at home has been relaxed due to what appears to be economic pressure, after its implementation for more than six weeks.

Many businesses, including hotels and restaurants, have reopened their doors. There is, however, a special plan to ensure that despite these businesses being opened, they do not endanger the spread of the virus. Among the opening of businesses today is public transport, where buses are currently required to carry only half the number of passengers and not otherwise.

Vehicles are already marked where one should sit. At bus stops, the passengers wearing masks have been seen to queue by placing a one-meter gap between them as a single point of defense.

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