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COVID-19: 8-months-old baby in Uganda test positive.


Uganda has confirmed five new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 14.

Minister of State for Primary Health Care Joyce Moriku Kaducu said Wednesday that two of the new cases are Chinese nationals while the others are Ugandans.


Officials said one of the patients is an eight-month-old baby in Eastern Uganda, whose father travelled from Kenya recently.

Uganda reported its first case of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) early this week.


On Saturday, President Yoweri Museveni announced that Uganda was closing all its border points to prevent people from crossing into the country in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“Humans crossing into Uganda from the different border points are prohibited going forward. This is until we find coordination at the East African level. Please stay where you are. We are not against anyone but this is about manageability,” President Museveni said on Twitter.


On Tuesday, Mr Museveni said he is still assessing whether to ban public transport as part of his government’s efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Now, the only remaining thing is public transport. That’s what I’m still struggling with in my head. If you don’t have your private means of transport, don’t use public transport. Stay at home.

“Where are you going? I’m thinking of having temperature monitors at disembarkation and embarkation points of these public means of transport. I don’t want to ban them but I’m trying to discourage you (citizens) from using them,” Mr Museveni said while addressing the nation after Uganda’s first confirmed case of Covid-19.

“Before I came here, I saw a young man called Obuku who used to make a lot of noise speaking nonsense, but this time he spoke some sense. I heard him telling people to stay home. So coronavirus shouldn’t be underestimated because it’s making some people speak sense.”


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COVID-19: Uganda set to demand $190m from world bank.


Uganda will request the World Bank for a loan of $190 million to help cushion its economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, its finance minister said.

The government has cut its economic growth forecast this fiscal year to 5.2–5.7% from an initial projection of 6%, the minister, Matia Kasaija, said in a statement late on Thursday.


The disruption caused by the coronavirus are expected to cut industrial output, tourism earnings and the government’s tax collections.

The government will seek a $100 million budget support loan for this financial year and a further $90 million for the next financial year , Kasaija said.


It will also approach the International Monetary Fund for help with a projected decline in foreign exchange reserves from 4.2 months worth of imports to 3.5 months.

The Ugandan shilling declined sharply this week, prompting the central bank to intervene three times in a row to sell dollars and offer support.


Kasaija said as a result of the economic upheaval from the outbreak, Uganda’s imports were expected to decline 44% in the four months to June. The expected widespread loss of jobs was likely to push an estimated 780,000 people into poverty, he said.

Uganda has not reported any cases of the coronavirus, which emerged in China late last year and has been spreading around the world.

Nevertheless, on Wednesday, the government ordered the closing of schools, bars and it banned public gatherings to prevent any outbreak.


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COVID-19: 16 countries including China, Spain, U.K restricted from travels by Ugandan govt.


The Ugandan government has taken a very drastic decision by restricting visitors from some countries with high cases of coronavirus, including China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Spain.

‘Government has decided to ask travelers from the affected countries not to come to Uganda because the high cases they are reporting can easily be imported into the country,” the country’s health minister Jane Ruth Aceng said in a statement


A revised advisory released on Wednesday by the Health Ministry increased the number of high-risk countries from 7 to 16, including the United States and the UK as well as the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Austria, and Malaysia.

Travelers from these restricted countries are urged to consider “postponing non-essential travel to Uganda.”

The health minister also noted in revised advisory that those who insist on visiting the East African nation from these countries would have to self-quarantine at their own cost for 14 days either at home or at a government facility.


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Shocker: Nikita, Queen of Katwe star act dies at 15


Ugandan actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa who starred in Disney’s Queen of Katwe has died. She was only 15 years old.

According to local media, she died on Saturday night at TMR International Hospital, in Naalya, Kampala. Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.


Queen of Katwe was about a child chess prodigy from an Ugandan slum.

The 2016 film was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess at the age of nine despite not being in school and went on to compete in international tournaments.


Nikita Pearl Waligwa played the role of Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her.

The film starred Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.

Waligwa was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 and Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly mobilised people to help fund her treatment in India, with Ugandan doctors quoted as saying they did not have the necessary equipment.

She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year was found to have another tumour.


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75years old Ugandan president says he is not ‘tired’ after 33 years in power.

…says, he will explain in future

75-year-old Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has stated that he is not tired of holding on to the country’s Presidency after 33 years of being in power.

The Ugandan President who got into power on January 29, 1986 disclosed in an open letter published on his blogspot that he delibrately lost weight by shedding off fat that accumulated in his body because the doctors have not ”clearly explained the mistake of not fighting fat.”

It partly read “I am not tired at all. I have, however, deliberately lost weight by shedding off that fat that I had allowed to accumulate on my body frame because the doctors had not explained to us clearly the mistake of not fighting fat.”

He then promised, “In future, I will explain to you this awareness.

“I have moved from 106 kgs to now 76kgs. I will stabilize my weight at 76kgs because that is the one that matches with my height of 5.7 feet.”

Musveni added that his “involvement with the political struggles is for historical missions of patriotism (loving Uganda), Pan- Africanism (loving Africa), social- economic transformation and democracy. Why? It is for prosperity through the integration of the markets, for strategic security and fraternity in Africa. How many of you on the Social- media are contributing to that direction of thinking?”

Museveni also disclosed that all his children except one all chose the private sector over the public sector. The Ugandan leader who promised to discuss “the anti-obesity campaign” in his next blogpost, said all his children started off their career with the cattle industry.

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