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Arans Tabaruka
Minister Ruth Aceng franked by the WHO Uganda representative Dr. Yonas Woldemariam, address the press.

“The travel restrictions will only remain in place whilst the level of risk is assessed to justify these measures,”

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister for Health, has warned of Ugandans abandoning scientifically proven prevention and control measures like consistently and correctly wearing masks while in public, social distancing of at least two metres and washing hands with soap and alcohol-based sanitisers.

Ugandans have since relaxed since the partial lockdown. They have abandoned standard operating procedures including wearing facemasks and social distancing.

Experts however warned that this is a ticking time bomb.

In Kenya, on March 27, the country announced a number of measures, taking major parts of the country including the capital Nairobi back into lockdown.

Kenya is battling the third wave of the pandemic that has outstripped hospital capacity and escalated the deaths.

Kenya is among four countries that have been added to the UK’s red list amid concerns about new Covid-19 variants. This is in addition to Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi in East Africa leaving only Uganda.

“Of the average of 550 people that travel from Kenya to the UK each week, a significant number are testing positive on Day 2. Nearly a third of those positive have been carrying the B.1.351 variant, which originated in South Africa,” the update said.


Kenya has since restricted border entries and put in place county movement restrictions.

The decision to halt the movement of interstate buses across its border follows a surge in Covid-19 cases that have left several travellers stranded from neighbouring East African country.

Last week, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered a lockdown which stopped movement in and out of five Kenyan counties of Nairobi, Nakuru, Machakos, Kajiado and Kiambu.

The move has left many travellers stranded on either side of the two countries, with several businesses at the Busia border point now paralysed.

Arans Tabaruka
Arans Tabaruka

Editor and Africa correspondent

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