President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has declared an immediate three-week lockdown in two districts at high risk, as the country is battling a rise in Ebola infections.
On Saturday, Museveni said in a televised address that all the movement in and out of the Kassanda and Mubende districts. However, the cargo trucks will be allowed to leave and enter the areas. A curfew will be imposed. Bar, gym, places of worship, and places of entertainment venues will be closed but schools will be open.
The health ministry of Uganda will also increase assistance to local health facilities and contact tracing. It is a rare but very deadly disease. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ebola is not transmitted through airborne viral particles but spreads through direct contact. This disease has no cure and has no approved vaccine though there is a continuous to create one.
In total, Uganda has experienced four Ebola outbreaks. The 2000’s outbreak was the deadliest which killed 200 people. Museveni declared the outbreak in September after a case of the relatively rare Sudan strain was confirmed and cases began to rise across districts. It has killed 29 so far amid 63 recorded cases.