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Gov’t will cancel licenses of traders who hike food prices- Museveni

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has warned traders taking advantage of the coronavirus situation to sell foodstuffs at exorbitant prices that their licenses will be cancelled. Museveni, who addressed the nation on Tuesday afternoon, described the traders taking advantage of the situation as “crooks”, noting that …

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Uganda Shilling depreciates as virus takes toll

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda shilling has come under pressure against the dollar as people go into panic buying of dollars due to coronavirus. On Tuesday, March 24, the Bank of Uganda quoted the shilling at Shs 3,893/3,903 buying and selling respectively against the dollar. This is …

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Fishing on Lake Albert suspended

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The district security committee in Hoima and Kikuube districts have suspended fishing activities on Lake Albert to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The decision to halt fishing activities was reached at during a security committee meeting for both districts held in Hoima on …

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Africa’s weak health systems face escalating virus peril

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Equipment shortages, scarce beds and poorly-paid doctors and nurses: Africa is finding that it has few means to protect itself as a feared coronavirus tsunami looms. Earth’s poorest continent has so far confirmed around 1,800 cases and 57 deaths — a tally that is low compared …

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MPs divided over calls for total lockdown

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A section of Members of Parliament say a total lockdown will cause Ugandans more trouble than good in the wake of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Health last night confirmed eight more cases of coronavirus disease-COVID-19, bringing the total number of patients in the …

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Govt’s urged to provide free water supply in slum areas

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The impacts of the new coronavirus disease-COVID-19 could be considerably higher on the urban poor living in slums where overcrowding makes it difficult to follow recommended measures such as social distancing and self-isolation. Regular hand-washing has been highlighted as a key tool in combating …

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Arab schoolkids told ‘turn on the TV’ for lessons at home

Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  Either on television as in Libya or on tablets in the IT-savvy Gulf monarchies, in the time of novel coronavirus millions of schoolchildren around the Arab world are now learning lessons at home. Governments across the region have shuttered schools forcing pupils to stay away in …

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