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Lira district postpones World TB day celebrations

  Lira, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Tuberculosis Day celebrations slated for March 24th in Lira district have been postponed. Government and health experts at Lira district health department decided the celebrations are postponed after President Yoweri  Kaguta Museveni last week banned all public gatherings to avoid the …

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E-commerce firm Jumia joins coronavirus fight

Kampala, Uganda | Julius Businge | E-commerce firm, Jumia has announced a major partnership with Reckitt Benckiser, the global health products manufacturer to help consumers access hygienic products at the lowest price. According to a media release shared on March 20, the partnership will provide a steady supply of hygiene products such as …

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COVID-19: South African survives lynching in Jinja

  Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | An investor of South African origin Billy Thiart on Sunday survived lynching by residents of Kyabirwa village in Budondo sub-county, Jinja district. This followed his Facebook post where he boosted of moving freely through Entebbe Airport without being quarantined. “We landed at 3:00 …

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Bars closed? House parties and happy hours move online

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Coronavirus lockdown or not, Amaya Howard plans to unwind after a hard day’s work by sharing a few glasses of wine with her friends. But with bars closing across the United States, they have started meeting online via Houseparty — one of several group …

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Zimbabwe system ‘inadequate’ to take on coronavirus

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  In Chitungwiza, a town of half-a-million people south of Harare, several women are waiting at the water pump with large cans, concern etched on their faces, fearful of the growing threat of the coronavirus. “We can go for months without running water,” said one woman, especially …

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Chinese escape quarantine, arrested close to DRC border

Arua, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Eight Chinese who had escaped from quarantine in Entebbe Friday, have been arrested in Goli Zombo, enroute to DRC. The Chinese, and their Ugandan collaborators, are expected to be charged in Arua High Court on Monday, a day after Uganda halted accepting any more …

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Uganda confirms first COVID-19 case

▶ Timeline of Uganda response to #COVID19 #CoronaVirus ✳ Jan 20 – Screening starts of all passengers arriving at Entebbe Airport ✳ Jan 30 – The WHO declares COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency ✳ Jan 31 – Ministry of Health officials meet Chinese Amb Zheng Zhu Qiang ✳ Feb …

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Police detective in Jinja arrested for defying ban on bar closures

Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police in Jinja has arrested one of their own, Cissy Alaba, a detective attached to Nalufenya Police station for allegedly operating a bar in Rubaga market. This is contrary to Wednesday’s presidential directive ordering law enforcement agencies to close down bars all over the country. …

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