Covid: Uganda parliament shut for disinfection

Uganda’s parliament will be temporarily closed for two weeks as the country continues to battle a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last week, officials said more than 100 people in parliament had tested positive for the disease.

A statement said the closure will take effect from 28 June to 11 July to allow for disinfection of the parliamentary buildings.

Chris Obore, parliament’s director of communications and public affairs, said the decision was taken to prevent the facility from becoming a hotspot.

The institution has had four major public events since May among them the budget reading, election of the speaker, and the state of the nation address.

Uganda is facing a second coronavirus wave, prompting President Yoweri Museveni to re-impose a lockdown earlier this month.

There has been a surge in infections in other parts of East Africa.

In Kenya’s western city of Kisumu, 23% of those tested last week were positive.

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