Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has announced a further easing of coronavirus restrictions in the country as the infection rate continues to rise.
The health ministry blames the rise in infections on the public‘s complacency to social distancing and wearing of masks.
Museveni said the country cannot remain under restrictions indefinitely, citing the economy’s weakened health in the wake of the pandemic.
The president said international borders will be reopened for tourists, while returning Ugandan citizens who have tested negative for Covid-19 will be allowed to self-isolate at home.
Museveni added that tourists should have taken a Covid-19 test at least 72 hours before arrival and they will be taken straight to their holiday destination.
Places of worship have also been allowed to reopen but the number of congregants will be limited to 70. Final-year students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will start learning in mid-October, but a decision on the other categories of learners will be made by January next year.
A ban on private and public transport has been lifted in districts bordering neighbouring countries, however, a ban on public gatherings and a night-time curfew still remain in force.
Uganda started easing restrictions in May but rate of infection continues to rise