Uganda ponders upon re-imposing ban on public transport amid rising COVID cases

As countries across the globe are easing lockdown, cases of violation of COVID-19 regulations have also been surfacing. In lieu with augmentation in the number of cases in the country pertaining to continuous violation of COVID-19 regulations, the Ugandan government on August 17, has warned to reimpose a ban on public transport.

Taking to his official Twitter account, Edward Katumba Wamala, Minister for Works and Transport, said that public commuter taxi operators and other motorists are flouting the standard operating procedures issued by the Ministry of Health to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Edward Katumba Wamala said, “Fellow Ugandans, it has come to my attention that some taxi operators and motorists are not obeying the COVID-19 guidelines in place … With the increasing cases of community transmission, we may be forced to halt public transport.”

On June 4, Uganda reopened public transportation among other measures after over 70 days of lockdown, with strict adherence to wearing of face masks, passenger vehicles carrying half capacity for the purpose of social distancing and sanitizing of passengers before boarding.

All these health guidelines are being extensively compromised that has led to increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in the East African country.

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