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President Yoweri Museveni has announced he’s now seriously considering suspending public transportation as another measure of preventing the spread of Covid19.
The President in his 4th national address on Coronavirus said he still considers the use of public transport as the single remaining danger for Uganda.
Uganda now has a total of 9 confirmed Coronavirus cases, all of who travelled from Dubai on March 20th and 22nd.
There has been increased fear that many more Ugandans could have been exposed since most of the 9 cases did not undergo any kind of isolation on arrival, as many travelled straight home from the airport.
President Museveni announced today that Ministry of Health officials are already on the ground trying to trace the people that the 9 interacted with.
In case it is established that many more Ugandans have been affected, the President says he will suspend public transportation.
“We are assessing the situation on how much of the virus was circulated and if it is a lot, we shall get rid of public transport. Let’s wait and monitor more,” he said.
In the meantime, Museveni has proposed that Ugandans should start using bicycles for their daily transportation.
“If our cities and towns had enough bicycles, by now I would have suspended public transportation. People can cycle as far as Matugga or Namanve; it is even healthier than sitting in cars,” he said.
Currently, Museveni revealed that he has initiated talks for construction of a major bicycle factory in the country.
“I have talked to Luweero industries and told them to urgently put up a bicycle factory. I have also spoken to Barbra Mulwana (the head of Uganda Manufacturers Association) and (Trade Minister Amelia) Kyambadde to see how to revive the Roadmaster factory.”