President Yoweri Museveni has called on Ugandans to cease using public transportation, as one other measure to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
Museveni on Sunday afternoon said public transportation means such as buses and commuter taxis were so far the “remaining danger” for Ugandans.
With the virus now in the country as of Saturday night, the president urged citizens to stay home as a precautionary measure.
“The only remaining danger is public transport,” Museveni said during his third national address on Coronavirus at the Nakasero State Lodge.
“Because in this public transport, people sit together in a bus, or a taxi. Therefore, for now I appeal to you, if you don’t have your own private transport; a car, motorcycle or even a bicycle; don’t use this public transport. Stay at home. Postpone that business, it can wait.”
The call, however, the president said was not a ban, and that public transportation should only be the last resort.
The president also appealed to owners of public transportation vehicles and the business managers to put in place stringent measures to prevent those with the virus from boarding.
“Don’t allow anybody who has a flu or coughing on your vehicle. The Ministry of Health should also arrange for temperature monitors at some of these embarking and disembarking points (parks).”
For students who were recently sent home from school, Museveni urged them to stay home and avoid going to trading centers.
Uganda yesterday, recorded its first case of coronavirus; a 36-year-old Ugandan national who had just returned from the UAE.
The businessman, a resident of Kibuli in Kampala tested positive shortly before President Museveni announced a second wave restrictions in which he banned all flights coming into the country, and also closed all borders.