COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda

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COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Arrival date22 March 2020
(2 years, 4 months, 1 week and 5 days)
Confirmed cases139 (as of 13 May)[1][2]
Active cases84 (as of 13 May)
Recovered55 (as of 13 May)
0 (as of 13 May)
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Uganda in March 2020.

Empty streets in Kampala during lockdown (15 April 2020)

On 18 March, public gatherings including places of worship, pubs, weddings, music shows, rallies and cultural meetings were suspended for 32 days with immediate effect.[3]

On 22 March, the first case of COVID-19 in Uganda was confirmed.[4][5] The confirmed case is a 36-year-old male who had travelled to Dubai on 17 March 2020 for a business trip.

On 25 March, public transport was suspended for 14 days. Only private cars with not more than three occupants are allowed on the road.[6]

On 30 March, the President declared a nationwide curfew from 7 pm to 6:30 am, which would run for 14 days to prevent the spread of the disease.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. ":: MoH :: COVID-19 Information Portal". Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  2. "Worldometer". Worldometer. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  3. "Ugandans Trying to Get Home Forced to Pay for COVID-19 Quarantine". Human Rights Watch. 19 March 2020.
  4. Obulutsa, George (21 March 2020). "Angola, Eritrea, Uganda confirm first cases as coronavirus spreads in Africa". National Post. Reuters. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  5. Ministry of Health - Uganda [@MinofHealthUG] (21 March 2020). "Uganda confirms 1st case of COVID-19" (Tweet). Retrieved 22 March 2020 – via Twitter.
  6. Esagala, Alex; Mabala, Rachel; Lubowa, Abubaker; Buule, Gabriel (26 March 2020). "Canes, tears in Kampala over coronavirus". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  7. Kyeyune, Hamza. "Uganda declares curfew to curb spread of COVID-19". AA. Retrieved 5 April 2020.