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Uganda plans phased lifting of lockdown

Uganda will begin the phased lifting of its lockdown at the end of the current period of restrictions on May 5.

In a meeting chaired by President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday, the cabinet agreed that each sector of government will develop a plan for the phased reopening of the country.

President Museveni tasked the ministers to present the sector plans at a special cabinet meeting on May 2 which will review them and decide on the phased implementation when the current lockdown ends on May 5.

In an effort to tackle the spread of the coronavirus into the country from neighbouring states, the ministers reportedly agreed that each truck will be allowed to have only a driver and he or she will be tested at the border before entering the country.

Nearly all the new cases of COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks have been cargo truck drivers bringing in essential commodities from Kenya and Tanzania.

Kenya has announced that it has started massive testing of all truck drivers to ensure that they do not spread the virus to different parts of their country and the region.


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