# In other countries : Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday announced new control measures against the Govt-19 epidemic, including suspending travel within the country for at least six weeks as the pollution rate reaches a record level.
The curfew will be in effect from 7:00 pm to 5:30 am.
“All vehicles (carrying) passengers are stable,” President Museveni said in a televised address.
Traders, who mainly serve food, have to stay in their stalls and do not have to return home. Factories and construction sites were encouraged to place their workers in workplaces and construction sites.
The new measures will take effect at 10pm on Friday and will last for at least six weeks.
Uganda imposed draconian measures after registering only a handful of cases last year.
But the epidemic has increased in recent weeks, plaguing the fragile health system.
Doctors told AFP that oxygen and drug shortages had plagued hospitals as the number of daily cases had increased from 100 to more than 1,700 in the past three weeks.
This is despite the measures announced last week, including the closure of schools, bars and most gatherings.
“Hospitals are overcrowded,” Museveni insisted.
Uganda has reported 70,893 Govt-19 cases, including 582 deaths.