Ugandan Parliament Closed as Country Battles COVID-19

The Parliament of Uganda has been closed for two weeks as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. According to Waiswa Henry Yoweri, an official in the Office of the Clerk of Parliament, the August House has registered a positivity rate of 17.1 per cent.

“As a mitigating measure in the prevention of the COVID-19 infection, the administration of Parliament in consultation with the Office of the Speaker is closing Parliament to Hon Members of Parliament for two weeks to disinfect the Parliamentary building,” Waiswa said in a statement to legislators released on Tuesday.

“This notice will take effect from Monday 28th June 2021 to Sunday 11th July 2021. Members are advised to adhere to this instruction,” adds the statement.

Uganda is grappling with rising COVID-19 cases presenting a second wave that has seen the country register at least 714 COVID-19 related deaths with at least 73,401 cumulative cases. The country is now under a second lockdown with measures including, suspension of private and public transport across the country for 42 days, and revised curfew time from 9 pm- 6 pm to 7 pm – 5.30 am among other directives.

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