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Health Ministry Declines to Lift Lockdown in Gulu

Stranded Travelers At Gulu Bus Terminal

The Ministry of Health has declined to honor request by the District taskforce to lift the lockdown in Gulu in an attempt to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

On Wednesday, police backed by the military started enforcing travel restrictions blocking private and public vehicles entering or leaving Gulu district.

The restrictions followed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives during televised address on Monday imposing 14 days’ lockdown on eight districts with evidence of community COVID-19 high risk characteristics.

According to the President, the districts with potential cluster of infections still under surveillance include; Adjumani, Amuru, Arua, Buikwe, Kyankwanzi, Kyotera, Luweero, Nebbi, Moyo and Tororo.

However, on Wednesday Gulu leadership wrote to the National Taskforce to review the decision of locking down Gulu.

They cited only four community infection cases of the contagion in the District who are undergoing treatment.

But in her response letter dated 24th June, Dr. Aceng said the district will remain under lockdown.

She cited the case of a 23-year-old male who tested positive at Laroo Health Centre and is hospitalized at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital treatment unit.

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