KAMPALA, 7 June 2021 – Schools have been shutdown in Uganda and all public gatherings suspended for a period of 42 days as the country faces a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Nine people were reported dead and 1,259 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Sunday, the most deadly single day in Uganda’s struggle to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Schoolgirls in a Classroom in Uganda - Photo UNICEF

Schoolgirls in a Classroom in Uganda – Photo UNICEF

Schoolboys Working at their Desk at a School in Uganda - Photo UNICEF and The Kampala Post

Schoolboys Working at their Desk at a School in Uganda – Photo UNICEF and The Kampala Post

Theaters, cinema halls and bars have also been shutdown in what public health officials are describing as a second wave of the pandemic to the hit the east African nation.

The new measures have been prompted by an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 outbreaks among students and school staff members in dozens of schools across the country.

Students in boarding schools have been given 36 hours – until next Thursday this week – to vacate school campuses and return home.

Come Thursday, all public transport between districts of the country will be banned.

Mulago Referral Hospital - Photo Construction Review Online

A View of the Mulago National Referral Hospital – Photo Construction Review Online

Fears Grow that Uganda's Healthcare System Could be Overwhelmed by COVID-19 Cases - Photo GabyinUganda

Healthcare System Could be Overwhelmed – Photo GabyinUganda

Fears have been growing since Ugandan health authorities first noted a spike in confirmed infections.

By last week, officials at the country’s main referral hospital, Mulago, were openly expressing concern the country’s healthcare system being overwhelmed.

With a very limited capacity of intensive care beds, Mulago last week said it had very limited bed capacity left.

As of Monday, Uganda has confirmed 52,929 COVID-19 cases with 374 fatalities, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

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