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    Uganda tightens curbs as COVID cases surge

    KAMPALA (AFP) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni further toughened virus curbs on Sunday night, including ordering the closure of schools yesterday, to stem a worrying rise in local transmissions.

    Schools were closed for six weeks and most gatherings, save for weddings and funerals in small groups, were banned.

    Non-essential travel between districts was suspended and a 9pm to 4am curfew will remain in force until mid-July.

    Most shops and markets remain open, provided they comply with government health regulations, but bars remain closed.

    Uganda had kept its Covid-19 cases relatively low and was spared the worst of the pandemic after adopting one of Africa’s tightest lockdowns, but it eased the measures as cases dropped.

    However, infections have soared in recent weeks with a sharp increase in severe cases.

    Hospitals have been overwhelmed as all intensive care and high dependency beds are occupied, threatening to collapse the fragile healthcare system.

    “In this wave, the intensity of severe and critically ill Covid-19 patients, and deaths is higher than what we experienced in the first wave of the pandemic,” Museveni said in a televised address.

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