Public health experts have raised concern over the new restrictions limiting inter-district travel, closing schools, weekly markets and prayer places to interrupt a COVID-19 infection surge that has had up to a thousand people testing positive daily in the previous few days.
The measures that were announced last evening by President Yoweri Museveni will be in force for the next 42days. He also warned that a total lockdown could be considered if no major drop in infections are registered.
But the experts are saying that the restrictions are likely to have dire effects especially that the country hasn’t fully recovered from the collateral damage suffered as a result of the initial total lockdown that didn’t only cripple the economy but left sections with mental distress and death.
Dr Aloysious Ssennyonjo, a Public Health Expert who is based at the Makerere University School of Public Health told URN on Monday that the restrictions issued last evening have loopholes yet ways of addressing them are not clear.