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Prime Minister Commits to Lifting New Restrictions on Gulu District


The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has told the Acholi Parliamentary Group, an umbrella of legislators from Acholi sub-region that the ongoing lockdown in Gulu district will be lifted on Monday.

Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda

Travellers were caught unaware when buses from Gulu were stopped from travelling, in line with a pronouncement made by President Yoweri Museveni for movement restrictions in districts that have evidence of community cases of COVID-19.

Working on the instructions of the Resident District commissioner Maj Santos Okot Lapolo, the Police and Military teams started enforcing travel restrictions on Wednesday, blocking private and public vehicles from entering or leaving Gulu district.

Although the Gulu district taskforce had cited only four community infection cases, the Health Minister Jame Ruth Aceng pointed out that a number of contacts from already confirmed patients were still at large.

The Ministry of Health had earlier said that they could not allow the opening of Gulu town contrary to President Museveni’s directive to curb the spread of the virus.

If the lock-down in Gulu is opened, it would be a week earlier than what the President had proposed.

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